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Table of Contents 

Table of Contents i 
Prayer in the Home iv 
Common Prayer 1 

Prayers of Introduction 1 

The Sign of the Cross 1 

The Heavenly King 1 

The Trisagion 1 

The Doxology (The "Glory Be") 1 

The Prayer to the Holy Trinity 1 

The Lord's Prayer (The "Our Father") 1 
Psalm 50/51 2 
The Nicene Creed 2 
The Act of Contrition 2 
Prayer of Repentance 2 
Christ is Risen 3 
Marian Prayers 3 

The Angelic Salutation (The "Hail Mary") 3 

The Common Hirmos (The "It is Truly Proper") 3 

The Paschal Hirmos (The "Angel Exclaimed to Her") 3 

The Prayer to the Holy Protection 3 
Invocations 3 

The Jesus Prayer 3 

Invocations to the Theotokos and the Saints 3 
Altemate Trisagion Prayers 3 

We Bow to Your Cross 4 

All You Who Have Been Baptized 4 
Concluding Prayers 4 
Christian Greetings 4 

Common Greeting 4 

Greeting during an Anointing 4 

Paschal Greeting 4 

Christmas Greeting 4 

Theophany Greeting 4 
Prayers to the Angels and the Saints 4 

Evening Prayer to the Guardian Angel 4 

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel 5 

Prayer to St. Nicholas of Myra 5 
Prayers for Various Intentions 5 

Prayer Commending One's Self to God 5 

Prayer for Wisdom and Virtue 5 

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for a Particular Intention 

Prayer before Meals 6 

Prayer after Meals 6 

Prayer before Work 6 

Prayer after Work 6 

Prayer of the Married 6 

Prayer of Parents for their Children 6 

Prayer of Children for their Parents 7 

Prayer for Priests 7 

Prayer for the Sick 7 

Prayer in the Time of Illness 7 



Prayer of Thanksgiving for Recovery 7 
Prayer for a Happy Death 8 
Prayers for the Departed 8 
Prayers before and after Holy Communion 9 
Holydays of the Church according to the Pittsburgh Byzantine Metropolia 10 

Fasting Periods 11 
Proper Liturgical Conduct in Church 12 
The Holy Mystery of Penance and Reconciliation 13 
Akathist Hymns 16 

The Akathist Hymn to Our Lord, the Most Sweet Jesus 16 
The Akathist Hymn to Our Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary 20 
The Akathist to St. Michael the Archangel 24 
The Parakiis: The Office of Consolation to the Most Holy Theotokos 30 
Devotional Molebens 35 

Devotional Moleben to Jesus, the Lover of Mankind 35 
Devotional Moleben to Mary, the Most Holy Virgin 36 
Devotional Moleben for the Christmas Fast (Advent) 37 
Devotional Moleben to St. Nicholas of Myra 39 
Devotional Moleben for the Great Fast (Lent) 41 
Meditative and Devotional Rosaries 43 
The Jesus Rosary 43 
The Rosary of Mary, the Theotokos 43 
The Rosary of Divine Mercy 48 
Evening and Morning Prayer 49 
Evening Prayer 49 
Morning Prayer 50 
The Office of Hours 54 

The Kathismata 54 

The Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer) 57 
The Office of Compline (Night Prayer) 59 
The Office of Matins (Morning Prayer) 62 
The Hours 66 

The First Hour 66 
The Third Hour 67 
The Sixth Hour 69 
The Ninth Hour 71 
The Hours for the Great Fast 74 
The First Hour 74 
The Third Hour 76 
The Sixth Hour 78 
The Ninth Hour 81 
The Hours for Bright Week 84 
The Propers for Sundays and Weekdays: Troparia; Stichera, and Sessional Hymns 85 



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Tone 2 


85 


Tones 


86 


Tone 4 


87 


Tones 


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Tones 


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Tone 7 


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Tones 


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Troparia 


for Weekdays 90 


Sessional Hymns for Weekdays 91 


The Menaion: Moveable Feasts and Holydays 



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The Menaion: Immoveable Feasts and Holydays 112 
Common Propers: Troparia and Stichera 112 

For the Holy Theotokos and Ever- Virgin Mary 112 

For the Holy Angels and Archangels 112 

For a Prophet 112 

For an Apostle 113 

For Several Apostles 113 

ForaHierarch 113 

For Several Hierarchs 114 

For a Monk 114 

For Several Monks 114 

For a Martyr 115 

For Several Martyrs 115 

For a Hieromartyr 115 

For Several Hieromartyrs 116 

For a Monk-Martyr 116 

For Several Monk-Martyrs 1 1 6 

For a Woman-Martyr 117 

For Several Woman-Martyrs 117 

For a Nun 117 

For Several Nuns 118 

For a Nun-Martyr 118 

For a Confessor(s) 119 

For Charitable and Wonder-Workers 119 

Special Stichera 119 

Stichera for Feasts of Our Lord 119 
Stichera for Feasts of the Holy Cross 120 
Stichera for Feasts of St. John the Forerunner 120 
September 120 
October 1 30 
November 139 
December 148 
January 159 
February 171 



March 


178 


April 


186 


May 


193 


June 


200 


July 


208 


August 


216 



Addendum: Additional Feastdays 227 



IV 



Prayer in the Home 

The Domestic Church 

Ultimate union with God, of deification, is a constant pilgrimage which begins at the very 
inception of an individual's life. As the Church Fathers stated centuries ago, this is man's purpose for 
existence, and one to which he naturally moves. In order to become deified, one must become more 
than like Christ, or an imitation of Christ; one must become Christ. There are no separate ways in which 
one achieves this goal; an individual's entire life must be consumed by Christ. Fidelity to the gospel, 
exercising extreme humility rather than pride, partaking of the sacramental Mysteries, and constant 
prayer are not separate exercises - all, taken together and without division, are the manifestation 
(singular case) of metanoia, or the conscientious decision to live totally in, with and for Christ, rather an 
in, with and for the worid. 

Although all these aspects, taken together, are absolutely necessary in making the pilgrimage to 
deification, perhaps the foundation is prayer. Without prayer, there is no mystical union with God; 
without prayer, there is no point in living the fruits of metanoia. In the Eastern Christian Churches, 
prayer is the key to metanoia, through which we become deified. Prayer is more than just attending 
liturgical celebrations and receiving the sacramental Mysteries, whether on occasion or as a constant 
practice. Prayer must begin in the home - the domestic Church - and must be carried out in practice in 
the outside worid, including Church, the workplace, the school and every other area of life. Without 
prayer in the home, every other action, even "religious", is futile. Prayer requires discipline - the choice 
to pray with the same, or greater, fervor that one exercises in fulfilling other duties. It also requires true 
and sincere effort, coming from the heart, and not just from rote recitation. Prayer is conversation with 
God, and though this conversing, the individual comes to mystically know God, through Jesus Christ, as 
his Lord. 

The Icon Corner 

One's home should be a place of tangible prayer. Each Christian home should have an "Icon 
Corner." This constitutes the Home Altar or Family Shrine. It serves as the focal point for prayer. The 
Icon Corner usually consists of a table, stand or shelf with a linen or other cloth covering. Over the table 
are the icons of Our Lord (on the right) and Our Lady (on the left), often with a crucifix in-between. Other 
icons of personal choice may and should flank the icon corner. A perpetual candle can be bumed if it is 
not a safety hazard. Otherwise, candles are lit during times of prayer. Placed on the table are normally 
the following items: a festal icon depicting the season; the Bible; prayer books; holy water; blessed 
candles; the blessed palms and willows from Flowery Sunday; flowers from the Feast of the Dormition, 
and rosaries. The Icon Comer is placed in a prominent room, such as the living room, the family room or 
the master bedroom. Traditionally, it faces east, if such an arrangement is possible. 

Using This Book 

All material in this book is from approved sources and is intended for private use. It contains 
common Byzantine prayers for various uses and needs, as well as daily cycles of prayer, including both 
basic Evening and Morning Prayer as well as the Office of Hours. The Office of Hours has been 
designed so that it may be prayed by persons whose schedules are limited. Thus, most repetitions have 
been deleted and certain prayers compacted. 

The various troparia, when prayed, are "connected" by the Doxology (The "Glory Be"), as 
indicated below: 

Troparion 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Kontakion. 



If there are more than three prayers within the troparia, such as a troparion, l<ontal<ion and 
theotol^ion, the Doxology is divided in order to connect the prayers, as follows: 

Troparion 
Glory be... 
Kontal<ion 
Now and ever... 
Theotokion. 

If there are four or more prayers within the troparia, the Doxology, again divided, is prayed only 
between the last three prayers. Examples are: 

Troparion 
Troparion 
Glory be... 
Kontakion 
Now and ever... 
Kontakion 

Troparion 
Troparion 
Troparion 
Kontakion 
Glory be... 
Kontakion 
Now and ever... 
Kontakion. 

If chanted, the tone of the Doxology is in the tone of the troparion, kontakion or theotokion 
following it. For example: 

Troparion Tone 2 

Glory be. ..now and ever... Tone 6 

Kontakion Tone 6 

or: 

Troparion Tone 4 
Troparion Tone 2 
Glory be... Tone 5 
Kontakion Tone 5 
Now and ever... Tone 1 
Kontakion Tone 1. 

One should possess an updated calendar with the Paschal Cycle to insure that the proper 
Moveable Feasts are celebrated correctly. Also, if one intends to pray the Psalmody from Sacred 
Scripture during the Office of the Hours, one needs either a Bible or a book containing the Psalms. 



Common Prayer 

Prayers of Introduction 

The Sign of the Cross 

The Sign of the Cross is made with the right hand by touching the tips of the first three fingers 
(symbolizing the Holy Trinity) and by placing the last two fingers into the palm of the hand (symbolizing 
the two natures of Christ in one Person). Touch the hand to the forehead, the chest, the right shoulder, 
and then the left shoulder The Sign of the Cross is made every time the Holy Trinity is invoked, when a 
blessing is recited, or when the name of Christ is praised. 

In the Name of the Father +, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

From Easter until the Wednesday before Ascension Thursday, the following is said: 

Christ is risen from the dead! By death He conquered Death and to those in the graves He granted life! 
Three times, 

ommitting the Glory be to You... and O Heavenly King... 

Glory be to You +, our God, glory be to You. 

The Heavenly King 

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere present and fill all things. Treasury of 
Blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O 
gracious Lord. 

The Trisagion 

Holy God +, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. Three times. 

The Doxology (The 'Glory be") 

Glory be to the Father +, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Prayer to the Holy Trinity 

O Most Holy Trinity +, have mercy on us; O Lord, cleanse us of our sins; O Master, forgive our 
transgressions; O Holy One, come to us and heal our infimiities for Your Name's sake. 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

The Lord's Prayer (The 'Our Father') 

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth 
as it is in heaven. Give us this day,our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those 
who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the 
kingdom and the power and the glory. Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The following are sometimes deleted from the Prayers of Introduction, or are relocated elsewhere. 



Lord, have mercy. Twelve times. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Come, let us adore + the King our God. 

Come, let us adore + Christ the King and our God. 

Come, let us adore and bow down + to the only Lord Jesus Christ the King and our God. 

Psalm 50/51 

O God have mercy on me in the greatness of Your love; in the abundance of Your tender mercies wipe 
out my offense. Wash me thoroughly from malice and cleanse me from sin; for I am well aware of my 
malice and my sins are before me always. It is You alone I have offended, I have done what is evil in 
Your sight; wherefore, You are just in Your deeds and triumphant in Your judgment. Behold, I was born 
in iniquities and in sins my mother conceived me. But You are the Lover of Truth; You have shown me 
the depths and secrets of Your wisdom. Wash me with hyssop and I shall be pure, cleanse me and I 
shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear sounds of joy and feasting, the bones that were afflicted shall 
rejoice. Tum Your face away from my offenses and wipe off all my sins. A spotless heart create in me, 

God, renew a steadfast spirit in my breast. Cast me not afar from Your face, take not Your blessed 
Spirit out of me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and let Your guiding Spirit dwell in me. I will 
teach Your ways to the sinners and the wicked shall retum to You. Deliver me from blood-guilt, O God, 
my saving God, and my tongue will joyfully sing Your justice. O Lord, You shall open my lips and my 
mouth will declare Your praise. Had You desired sacrifice, I would have offered it, but You will not be 
satisfied with whole-burnt offerings. Sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; a crushed and humbled heart 
God will not spum. In Your kindness, O Lord, be bountiful to Sion; may the walls of Jerusalem be 
restored. Then will You delight in just oblation, in sacrifice and whole-burnt offerings; then shall they 
offer calves upon Your altar. Glory be to the Father +, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and 
ever and forever. Amen. 

The Nicene Creed 

1 believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. 
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, the only-begotten, bom of the Father before ail ages. Light of 
light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father through Whom all 
things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate 
from the Holy Spirit and Mary the Virgin, and became man. He was also crucified for us under Pontius 
Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And He rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures. 
And He ascended into heaven, and sits as the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with 
glory to judge the living and the dead, and of His kingdom there will be no end. And in the Holy Spirit, 
the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son + 
is worshiped and glorified. Who spoke through the Prophets. In one. holy, catholic and apostolic Church. 
I profess one baptism for the remission of sins. I expect Ihe resurrection of the dead, and the life of the 
worid to come. Amen. 

The Act of Contrition 

O God, remit, pardon and forgive the sins I have committed deliberately and through human frailty, by 
word and deed, knowingly and in ignorance, with foreknowledge and purpose, by day and night; forgive 
all these, for You are gracious and + You love mankind. Amen. 

Prayer of Repentance 

O God +, be merciful to me, a sinner! 



O God +, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me! 
O Lord +, forgive me, for I have sinned without number! 

Christ is Risen 

Recited from Easter until the Wednesday before Ascension Tfiursday. 

Christ is risen from the dead! By death He conquered Death and to those in the graves, He granted life! 

Marian Prayers 

The Angelic Salutation (The 'Hail Mary") 

Hail, Mother of God, Virgin Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and 
blessed is the Fruit of your womb. For you have given birth to Christ, the Savior and Deliverer of our 
souls. Amen. 

The Common Hirmos (The "It is Truly Proper") 

It is truly proper to glorify you, who have bome God, the ever-blessed, immaculate and the Mother of our 
God. More honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim; who, a 
Virgin, gave birth to God the Word, you - truly - the Mother of God we magnify. Amen. 

The Paschal Hirmos (The "Angel Exclaimed to Her") 

Recited in place of the Common Hirmos from Easter until the Wednesday before Ascension Thursday. 

The Angel exclaimed to her, full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again, I say rejoice! Your Son is 
risen from the grace on the third day and has raised the dead! Let all nations rejoice! Shine in splendor, 
O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon you, O Zion. Sing with joy and rejoice, and you 
- pure Mother of God - rejoice in the Resurrection of your Son! Amen. 

The Prayer to the Holy Protection 

We fly to your Protection, O Virgin Theotokos. Do not despise our prayers in our necessities, but deliver 
us from all dangers, for you - alone - are pure and blessed. O most glorious ever-Virgin Mary, the 
Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to your Son and our God, so that - 
through you, Mother of God - He may enlighten and save our souls. Amen. 

Invocations 
The Jesus Prayer 

O Lord Jesus Christ +, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. 

Invocations to the Theotol(os and the Saints 
O Mary, Mother of God. intercede with God for me, a sinner. 

O Saint , intercede with God for me, a sinner. 

All you Angels and Saints, intercede with God for me, a sinner. 

Alternate Trisagion ("Holy God") Prayers 



We Bow to Your Cross 

We bow + to Your Cross, O Lord, and we praise Your holy Resurrection! Three times. 

All You Who Have Been Baptized 
All you + who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ! Alleluia! Three times. 

Concluding Prayers 

Concluding Prayers are taken at the end of a particular devotion. Outside the Paschal Season, they 
include the Common Hirmos, and the Doxofogy, along with Lord, have mercy recited three times 
following the Doxology. Then, conclude with: 

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, + have mercy on us. Amen. 

During the Paschal Season, take the Paschal Hirmos and the Christ is risen..., with Lord, have mercy 
recited three times following the Christ is risen..., and then conclude with Through the prayers... as 
above. 

Christian Greetings 
Common Greeting 

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! 

Greeting during an Anointing 
Christ is in our midst! or Christ is among us! He is and shall be! 

Paschal Greeting 
From Easter until Wednesday before Ascension Thursday. 
Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen! 

Christmas Greeting 
From Christmas until New Year's Eve. 
Christ is bom! Glorify Him! 

Theophany Greeting 
From Theophany and during the Postfestive. 
Christ is baptized! In the Jordan! 

Prayers to the Angels and the Saints 
Evening Prayer to the Guardian Angel 



O Guardian Angel of my right hand, attend to me this night. Rescue me in the raging floods; cover me in 
your robe for I am without defense. Answer me, for I am weal^ and alone. Amen. 

Prayer to St Michael the Archangel 

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us In the time of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness 
and snares of the devil. May God rebul^e him I humbly pray, and do you the Prince of the Heavenly 
Hosts - by the power of God - cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl throughout the 
world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. 

Prayer to St Nicholas of Myra 

O Saint Nicholas, bountiful Father and special Patron of our Byzantine Catholic Church; you are a 
shepherd and teacher to all who invoke your protection, and who, by devout prayer, call upon you for aid. 
Hasten and save the flock of Christ from ravenous wolves, and by your holy prayers protect all Christians 
and save them from worldy disturbances, earthquakes, attacks from abroad, from internal strife, from 
famine, flood, fire, sword, and sudden death. As you had mercy on those three men in prison and saved 
them from the king's wrath, now also have mercy on me who, by word, deed, and thought, have sunk into 
the darkness of sin. Save me from the just anger of God, and from etemai punishment. Through your 
intercession and aid, as well as through His own mercy and grace, may Christ our God allow me to lead 
a tranquil and sinless life, and save me from standing at His left, but deem me worthy to stand at His 
right with all the saints. Amen. 

Prayers for Various Intentions 

Prayer Commending One's Self to God 

O Lord, into Your most merciful hands I commend my body and soul, thoughts and acts, desires and 
intentions. I commend the needs of my body and soul, future and past, my faith and hope, the end of my 
life, the day and hour of my death, the burial and resurrection of my body. O most merciful God, whose 
clemency the sins of the world can never transcend, take me, a sinner, under the wings of Your 
protection and deliver me from every evil. Cleanse my iniquities, grant me a reformation of my life, and 
protect me against future transgressions, that I may in no manner ever anger You. Shelter my weakness 
from passions and evil persons, guard me against my visible and invisible enemies, lead me on the road 
of salvation and to Yourself, the safe harbor and haven of my desires. Grant me a happy, peaceful. 
Christian death, and protect me from evil spirits. Be merciful to me. Your servant, at the great judgment, 
and number me among the blessed flock who stand on Your right, that, together with them, I may forever 
glorify You +, my Creator. Amen. 

Prayer for Wisdom and Virtue 

My God, by whose grace I am able to distinguish good from evil, I beseech You: do not permit me to act 
against Your commandments by word, deed, or thought. Especially guard me. Lord, when passions 
assail me and tempt me against Your commandments. Grant me strength against the enemies of my 
salvation, and protect me that, with my advancing years, I may each day become more wise and 
virtuous. Grant this through the grace and mercies of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are 
blessed +, together with Your all-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for a Particular Intention 

O Mother of Perpetual Help! With the greatest of confidence I approach you to implore your aid. You 
have seen the wounds of your Son and His blood shed for our salvation. You know how He desires our 
salvation. Because of this, I kneel before you and beseech you to obtain for me the mercy of which I 
stand in such great need. O Mary, most amiable among women, obtain the favor I seek from Jesus, the 
source of all good. Here, state intention. O Mother of Perpetual Help, you desire our salvation more 



than we ourselves do. Your Son has given you to be our mother, and you have chosen for yourself the 
name: Mother of Perpetual Help. I do not trust in my own merits, but in your powerful intercession. I 
trust in your goodness and in your motherly love. For the love that you have for Jesus, your Son, and 
my Savior, for the love of the souls faithful to you, and for the sake of your love for my soul, obtain for 
me all the graces and favors I ask of you. Amen. 

Prayer before Meals 

Our Father.. .For Thine is the kingdom... 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

O Christ our God, bless + this food and drink of Your servants, for You are holy, always now and ever 

and forever. Amen. 

Prayer after Meals 

We thank You, Christ our God, for You have satisfied us with the good things of Your earth. Do not 

deprive us of Your heavenly kingdom, but as You appeared to Your disciples, O Savior, granting them 

peace, come also to us and save us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... During ttte Paschal Season: Christ is risen... 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

Blessed is our God + who, through His grace and loving kindness, is merciful to us and nourishes us 

from the abundance of His gifts, always now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer before Work 

O Lord Jesus Christ, only-begotten Son of Your etemal Father; You have said with Your holy lips: 
"Without Me, you can do nothing." My Lord, I embrace Your words with my heart and soul, and bow 
before Your goodness and say: "Help me. Your unworthy servant, to complete this, my present 
undertaking, in the name of the Father*, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Prayer after Work 

O most sweet Jesus, You are the fulfillment of all blessings. Fill my soul with joy and gladness and save 
me. Grant that Your Name be glorified; for, not to us, but to Your Name are forever due + honor, glory 
and adoration. Amen. 

Prayer of the Married 

O my most good God, I entreat You to listen to my humble prayer; may I always feel that the married 
state is holy and that I must keep it holy. Grant me Your grace, that I may never sin against faithfulness 
and love in this marriage. Foster in me the spirit of understanding and of peace, so that no strife, quarrel 
or misunderstanding may arise between us. Grant us our daily bread whereby we may serve You + 
evenmore. Amen. 

Prayer of Parents for their Children 

O holy Father, Etemal God, from Whom all goodness and blessing flow; I humbly pray to You for the 
children You have graciously given me. You have given them existence, and have renewed them in the 
waters of rebirth by virtue of which they are able to obey Your commandments and attain the kingdom of 
heaven. Preserve them in Your grace to the end of their life, and sanctify them that Your Name be 
hallowed in them. Aid me also by your grace that I may bring them up for the glory of Your holy Name 
and for the benefit of our fellowman. Grant me the necessary means to this end, together with patience 
and fortitude. O Lord, enlighten them by the light of Your wisdom that they may love Your will with all 
their heart and soul. Instill in their hearts a fear of evil so that their way may be without sin. Adorn their 
soul with Your virtues that they may prosper in holiness and grow in Your favor. And if, at any time, they 



should sin against You, do not turn away from tiiem but be merciful to them and awaken in them the 
spirit of contrition. Give them the goodness of the earth and everything necessary for eternal salvation. 
Protect them from misfortune, anger, privation and from the snares of the devil all the days of their life. 
O Lord, grant me joy and happiness in my children. Enable me to appear with them at Your awesome 
judgment, and there, without fear, to say: "Here I am, Lord, with the children You have given me." That, 
together with them, praising Your great goodness and eternal love, I may glorify Your most holy Name, 
Father +, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer of Children for their Parents 

O merciful Lord God, You commanded me to honor my father and mother, and gave an example of 
obedience in Your own earthly life. I humbly beseech You to hear my prayer and have mercy on my 
parents. Protect them from every evil, danger and sickness. Grant them health, and, in Your mercy, 
pour out upon them Your bountiful blessings. Bless their efforts and deeds. Have mercy on them 
according to Your great mercy, that they may faithfully serve You, and that, through them, I also may be 
worthy to praise + and serve You. Amen. 

Prayer for Priests 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd of all the faithful; I humbly pray You to look upon Your vicar on earth, our 

Holy Father Pope . Bless his work and fulfill his good desires for the welfare of the Holy Church. 

Give him strength and health that in peace he may govern the fold entrusted to his care and lead it to the 
heavenly kingdom. Amen. 

O Lord, remember our bishops, especially (Arch)bishop , and bestow upon them the blessing of 

body and soul, that, by their word and example, they may point out the way that leads to You. Amen. 

O Lord, bless and protect your representatives on earth, our priests, especially Father(s) , who 

labor in your vineyard for the salvation of souls redeemed by Your most precious Blood. Give them 
prudence, perseverance, humility, and patience. Enkindle in their hearts the burning ardor which 
consumed the Apostles. May their lives be as holy as the truth they preach. Make them priests 
according to Your own heart. Let their light so shine before men that they, seeing their good work, may 
glorify the heavenly Father. Amen. 

O Lord, enkindle the fire of holy zeal in the heart of all priests, that they may ever and in all things seek 
only Your glory and incite us to an ever-increasing love for You. Give them strength, that they may 
always labor for Your glory + and for the salvation of our souls. Amen. 

Prayer for the S/cAf 

O holy Father, Physician of souls and bodies. You sent Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to 

heal every infirmity and to deliver us from death. Heal Your servant of every spiritual and bodily 

ill which afflicts him/her. Restore him/her by the grace of Your Christ through the prayers of our most 
holy Lady, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, and of all Your Saints. For You, our God, are the 
Fountain of healing, and we glorify You together with Your only-begotten Son +, and Your Consubstantial 
Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer in the Time of Illness 

Almighty Master, Physician of our souls and bodies, who both humbles and uplifts, who chastises and 
heals; visit me with Your mercy in my time of illness. Stretch forth Your arm that is full of health and 
healing, and heal me, and allow me to leave my sick-bed. Banish my weakness and pains, heal my 
wounds, quench my fever, and prevent a relapse. If I am guilty of sins or transgressions, loose, remit 
and forgive them for the sake of Your love toward mankind. Yes, O Lord, pity me. Your creature, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord with Whom You are blessed +, together with Your all-holy, gracious and 
life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer of Thanksgiving for Recovery 



O Lord Jesus Christ, the Life and Strength of all who place their trust in You; Your mercies are 
numberless and the treasury of Your goodness is infinite. I thank You for the blessings which You have 
bestowed upon me, and I humbly beseech You to continue Your goodness toward me. As it pleases You 
to restore my bodily health, so now endow my soul with all heavenly graces and perseverance in good 
works. Prepare me by Your blessings in this life for the enjoyment of eternal happiness in the life to 
come. For to You are due all glory, thanksgiving and adoration, together with Your etemal Father + and 
Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer lor a Happy Death 

O my Lord and Savior, strengthen me in my last hour by the powerful armor of Your Holy Mysteries and 
the fragrance of Your consolation. Let Your absolving words be said over me, and let the holy oil anoint 
and seal me. Give me Your Body and Blood to be my food and drink. Let Your holy Mother come to 

me, and my Guardian Angel bring me peace. Let Your glorious Saints and my own Patron, Saint , 

look upon me that, in and through them, I may die, as I also desire to live in Your faith and love + and 
united to Your Church. Amen. 

Prayers lor the Departed 

O God of spirits and of all flesh, who have trampled death, broken the power of Satan, and have granted 

life to Your world; grant rest, Lord, to the soul(s) of Your departed servant(s) in a place of light, 

joy and peace, where there is no pain, sorrow, or mourning. As a kind and gracious God, forgive every 
sin committed by him/her/them in word, deed or thought, since there is no man who lives and does not 
sin. You alone are without sin. Your justice is everlasting justice, and Your word is the truth. For You are 

the resurrection, the life, and the repose of Your departed servant(s) , O Christ our God, and we 

glorify You, together with Your etemal Father +, and Your all-holy gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now 
and ever and forever. Amen. 

May God grant rest to the soul of His servant(s) _, and may his/her/their memory + be eternal. 

Amen. 



Prayers before and after Holy Communion 

Prayers of Preparation before Holy Communion 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction. 

Prayer of St Basil the Great 

O Lord, I know that if I partake unworthily of Your most pure Body and precious Blood, I will be guilty. I 
will be eating and drinking my own condemnation by not giving proper reverence to Your Body and 
Blood. But, trusting in Your mercy, I dare come to You, for You have said: "He who eats My Flesh and 
drinks My Blood abides in Me and I in him." Be merciful to me, a sinner, O Lord, and do not reject me, 
but deal with me according to Your mercy. Grant that this Holy Mystery be for the healing of my soul and 
body, for the enlightenment of my mind, and for the protection of my life. Let it be for the amendment of 
my conduct, for perseverance, for the increase of virtue, and for protection in the communion of Your 
Holy Spirit. Give me Your Body and Blood, O Lord, as a provision for the journey to eternal life, and for 
an acceptable answer at Your judgment seat. Do not let it be for my judgment or condemnation. + 
Amen. 

Prayer of St John Chrysostom 

Lord my God, how well I know that I am unworthy that You should enter into the temple of my soul. 
But I pray You, as You humbled yourself and became man for our sake, now also be patient with my 
lowliness. As You did not refuse to enter the house of Simon and dine there with sinners, now enter the 
abode of my humble and sinful soul. As You did not reject the sinful woman who approached and 
touched You, in like manner, do not reject me, a sinner, as I come to You and also touch You. Grant that 

1 partake of Your most pure Body and precious Blood for the health of my soul and body, for the 
remission of my sins, for my protection against attacks of the Devil, for the increase of Your divine grace, 
and for the inheritance of Your heavenly kingdom. I pray You, O gracious Lord, sanctify my soul and 
body, and make me worthy to stand at Your right with all Your saints. + Amen. 

Prayer of St John Damascene 

O Lord and Master Jesus Christ my God; You alone have power to absolve men from their sins. Forgive 
all my transgressions committed deliberately or through human frailty, in word or by deed. Grant that, 
without condemnation, I may partake of Your divine, glorious, most pure, and life-giving Mysteries. Let 
my sharing in Your Body and Blood be for the forgiveness of my sins and for the healing of my soul and 
body, as well as for a pledge of the life to come in Your kingdom; for You are a merciful and gracious 
God, and we glorify You, Father +, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer of St Cyril of Alexandria 

Most blessed and glorious Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary; you are the nourisher of our lives. Your 
Blessed Fruit strengthens and enlivens with the Bread of Life and with the Wine of Endearment those 
who trust in Him. I beseech you, make me worthy to partake of this truly divine Food and Drink which 
your only Son, our God, has given us to fill us with grace and glory. Make us worthy to bless Him and 
you, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

Prayers of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction. 



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Prayer of St. Basil the Great 

O Lord my God, I thank you for not rejecting me, a sinner, and for deeming me worthy to be a partaker of 
Your Holy Mysteries. I thank you for having allowed me, unworthy though I am, to be a partaker of Your 
most pure and heavenly Gifts. O Lord and Lover of Mankind, You died and rose again for our sake, and 
gave us these awesome and life-giving Mysteries for the good of our body and the sanctification of our 
soul. Grant that they serve to heal my body and soul, and that they set to flight every foe. Enlighten the 
eyes of my heart, give peace to the powers of my mind, inspire me with faith, with a sincere love and 
deep wisdom, and with obedience to Your commandments. May these Mysteries increase Your divine 
grace in me and make me an inhabitant of your kingdom. Being preserved in Your holiness by them, I 
will remember Your love at all times. From now on, I will not live for myself, but for You, my Lord and 
Benefactor. Thus, having spent my earthly life in the hope of life without end, I will one day reach 
eternal rest where the sound of rejoicing never ceases, and where the delight of those who look upon the 
beauty of Your Face has no bounds. For You, Christ our God, are truly the object of our desire and the 
inexpressible joy of those who love You, and all creatures glorify You +, now and ever and forever. 
Amen. 

Prayer of St Basil the Great 

O Master, Christ our God, King of Ages, Maker of all things; I thank You for all the favors You have 
granted me, and for having given me Your pure and life-giving Mysteries. I pray You, O gracious God 
who loves Mankind, keep me under Your protection and under the shadow of Your wings; grant that, until 
my last breath, I may worthily receive Your Holy Mysteries with a clear conscience for the remission of 
my sins and for life everlasting. For You are the Bread of Life, the Fountain of Holiness, and the 
Provider of Graces, and we glorify You together with Your Father +, and Your Holy Spirit, now and ever 
and forever. Amen. 

Prayer of St. John Chrysostom 

O Christ our God, You have deemed me worthy to be a partaker of Your most pure Body and most 
precious Blood. I praise, bless, and adore You; I glorify You + and extol Your eternal salvation, now and 
ever and forever. Amen. 

Prayer of St Cyril of Alexandria 

O most holy Lady, Theotokos, light of my poor soul, my hope, my protection, my refuge, my comfort, and 
my joy! I thank you for having enabled me to be a partaker os the most pure Body and most precious 
Blood of your Son. Enlighten the eyes of my heart, O Blessed One who carried the Source of 
Immortality. O most tender and loving Mother of the merciful God; have mercy on me and grant me a 
repentant and contrite heart with humility of mind. Keep my thoughts from wandering into all kinds of 
distractions, and make me worthy always, even to my last breath, to receive the most pure Mysteries of 
Christ for the healing of my soul and body. Give me tears of repentance and thanksgiving that I may 
sing of you and praise you all the days of my life, for you are ever-blessed and praised. Amen. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

Holydays of the Church according to the Pittsburgh Byzantine IVIetropolia 

Holydays of Obligation 

All Sundays 

Ascension Thursday Forty days after Easter 

Christmas December 25 

Theophany January 6 

Sts. Peter and Paul June 29 



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The Donmition of the Theotokos August 15 
Parish's Patronal Feast Day 

Solemn Holydays 

Circumcision of Our Lord and the Feast of St. Basil the Great* January 1 

Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon February 2 

Annunciation to the Theotoicos* March 25 

Great Thursday Thursday before Easter 

Great Friday Friday before Easter 

Great Saturday Saturday before Easter 

Bright Monday noonday after Easter 

Nativity of St. John the Forerunner April 24 

Transfiguration of Our Lord ^ugusf 6 

Nativity of the Theotokos September 8 

Exaltation of the Cross September 14 

Protection of the Theotokos October 1 

St. Michael the Archangel and all the Holy Angels November 8 

Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos November 21 

Thanksgiving Day** Final Thursday in November 

St. Nicholas of Myra December 6 

Conception of St. Anne December 8; December 9 in certain places 

Synaxis of the Theotokos December 26 

Simple Holydays 

Three Holy Hierarchs January 30 

Bright Tuesday Tuesday after Easter 

St. George the Great Martyr April 23 

Holy Spirit Monday Monday after Pentecost 

St. Elias the Prophet July 20 

Beheading of St. John the Forerunner August 29 

St. Stephen the Protomartyr December 27 

•Holyday of Obligation for Ultrainian Usage "Eparchy of Van Nuys 

Fasting Periods 

There are two types of Fasting: Strict, orBlacli, Fast, and Abstinence. 

Black Fast requires abstaining from all meat and dairy products, including butter, cheese, eggs, mill<, 

dairy creamer, etc., and from wine, other alcohols and non-vegetable oil. No "snacl<s" are permitted. 

Abstinence requires abstaining from meat products. 

One may follow the requirements of Blacl< Fasting and Abstinence from evening to evening, or from 

midnight to midnight, so long as a twenty-four hour period is completely covered. 

Age requirements vary among the Eparchies, but all should attempt to hold to the Fast or Abstinence 

regardless of age, provided it does not interfere with health. 

Persons exempt from Fasting and Abstaining include: persons who are ill; persons who must eat the 

proscribed items for medical reasons, and pregnant and nursing mothers. Other exceptions, based upon 

circumstances, might be permitted, but one should contact his or her pastor for clarification or permission. 

Persons must abstain from food and liquids, except for water, for one hour before receiving Holy 

Communion. Persons may partal<e of proscribed food and liquid items for reasons of health. Persons 

also exempt from the Eucharistic Fast also include small children and pregnant and nursing mothers. 

Mandatory Periods of Strict (Black) Fast 



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Pure Monday 7776 First Day of the Great Fast (Lent) 
Great Friday 7776 Friday before Easter 



Mandatory Periods of Abstinence 

Christmas Eve Day December 24 
All Fridays of the Great Fast 

Recommended Periods of Abstinence 

All Fridays 

All Wednesdays 

Vigil of Theophany* Januarys 

Wednesdays and Fridays of the Apostles' Fast* May 30 - June 28 

Wednesdays and Fridays of the Domnition Fast* August 1 - August 14 

Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner* August 29 

Exaltation of the Holy Cross* September 14 

Wednesdays and Fridays of the Christmas Fast or Philipfast (Advent)** November 15 - December 24 

'Mandatory for Ukrainian Usage 'Mandatory for Ui<rainian Usage; Mandatory for all two weeks tiefore Ctiristmas 

Fasting and abstinence are not held on Sundays, during the Paschal Season, and during certain 
Postfestive periods which vary according to the Eparchies. 

Proper Liturgical Conduct in Church 

Upon entering the Church, proceed to the tetrapod. Twice, make a profound bow and Sign of the Cross, 

and then kiss the icon on the tetrapod. Make another profound bow and Sign of the Cross. If one 

wishes, one may go before each of the four major icons on the iconostas and any other icons and say a 

brief prayer or invocation. Then take a place or seat in the Church. 

Be mindful of taking proper liturgical positions during the Divine Liturgy and other services, such as 

standing, sitting and kneeling, especially during the Paschal season. The liturgical positions symbolize 

different things and are essential to the correct expression of the Faith. 

Make the Sign of the Cross reverently - along with bows if indicated - at all appropriate times. 

Bow to the priest or deacon when he offers a Jbow, including during the opening and closing of the Royal 

Doors and during incensing. 

Actively participate in the chanting of the Divine Liturgy and other services. Do not overtake the 

cantor(s), but also be mindful of continuing in the chanting if the cantor(s) are momentarily unable to sing. 

Closely follow the prayers in the liturgicon. 

At Holy Communion, step all the way forward in a manneriy fashion. Either place the lention (the cloth 

draped under the chalice) under the chin, or permit the deacon, servers or other assistants to do so, in 

order to prevent the Holy Eucharist from falling to the floor. If the Holy Eucharist should fall, pick It up 

immediately and consume It. Parents should assist small children who are receiving Holy Communion. 

At the veneration of the Cross, or at Mirovanja (the blessing with oil and the distribution of blessed 

bread), again step forward and give the proper response to the Greeting. 

After the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy or other services, make a proper thanksgiving. 

Refrain from loud talking so as not to distrub others. 

When leaving the Church, return to the tetrapod and make the proper veneration. 



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The Holy Mystery of Penance and Reconciliation 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction and Psalm 50/51. 

Troparia 

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! Since we have no defense, we sinners offer this 

supplication to You, our Master: have mercy on us! 

Glory be... Lord, have mercy on us, for in You we place our hope. Be not exceedingly angry with us nor 

mindful of our transgressions; but even now look upon us with mercy and deliver us from our enemies. 

For You are our God, and we are Your people; we are ail the work of Your hands, and we call upon Your 

Name. 

Now and ever... Open unto us the doors of mercy, O blessed Theotokos, that we - who place our trust in 

you - may not perish, but that through you we may be delivered from misfortune, for you are the 

salvation of Christians. 

Prayer of St. Simeon the Contemplative 

Behold, O Christ God, I now stand before You in the presence of Your holy angels as if I were standing 
before Your fearful and just judgment seat, awaiting Your sentence and rendering an account of all my 
evil deeds. Behold, I bow my head, and lay my sins before You, and I confess them and reveal them. O 
Lord, look down upon my humble condition and forgive me all my transgressions. Have I not sinned 
through pride, vainglory, ambition and falsehood? Now, O most wonderful King, O most loving Lord, 
show forth Your mercies to me, a sinner; manifest in me the might of Your goodness and the power of 
Your loving kindness; receive me as I turn to you; receive me as You received the Prodigal Son. Lord, 
in Your displeasure do not rebuke me; have mercy on me, for though I am weak, I am still Your creature. 
You have established Your fear in me, and yet I have done evil in Your sight. Against You alone have I 
sinned, but I beseech You: enter not into judgment against Your servant. O Lord my God, I put my trust 
in You; if there is any hope of salvation for me, be my Savior, and according to Your great goodness and 
mercy, absolve, remit and forgive all my sins. For my soul is full of trouble, and if I am left to myself, 
there is no hope of salvation for me. O Lord, since You are the God of penitents and the Savior of 
sinners, save me for Your mercy's sake! Where sin has abounded, let Your grace abound much more, 
so that I may give glory to You, and to Your eternal Father +, and to Your all-holy, gracious and life- 
giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Examination of Conscience 

The penitent now makes an examination of conscience. If possible, the penitent could make a fuller 
examination before-hand. 

1 . I am the Lord your God; you shall not have false gods in place of Me. 

Have I rejected any teaching of the Catholic Faith? Have I deliberately participated in 
any apostate or heretical activity? Have I participated in any superstitious, occultic or "new age" activity? 
Have I utilized Christian objects or practices in either a disrespectful or superstitious way? Have I place 
material possessions or personal recognition (materialism) before my duties to God and His Church? 

2. You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain. 

Have I used the name of God, Jesus Christ, the Theotokos or the angels and 
saints in a disrespectful way? Have I used improper or immodest language? 

3. You shall remember the Lord's Day and keep it holy. 

Have I deliberately missed attending the Divine Liturgy or other appropriate servics on 
Sundays and Holydays of Obligation without good reason? Have I deliberately participated in menial 
labor on Sundays or Obligation Days without good reason? Have I established a proper daily prayer life? 



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Have I fulfilled my Paschal Duty (to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion between the First 
Day of the Great Fast and Pentecost Sunday)? Have I seen to it that my children and other persons 
under my responsibility receive the Holy Mystehes according to the Law of the Church ? 

4. You shall honor your father and your mother. 

Have I shown proper respect for my parents and for my children? Have I seen to it that 
my children receive proper religious instruction? Have I shown proper respect and given proper 
obedience to persons in authority over me? Have I shown proper consideration to persons in authority 
under me? Have I shown proper respect for priests, bishops and other persons of authority in the 
Church? Have I been prejiduced in throught or action against any person because of race, color, 
ethnicity or religion? Have I been unkind and uncharitable against any person? 

5. You shall not kill. 

Have I participated in, or supported the act of abortion? Have I supported, including 
through political activity, legal abortion? Have I participated in, or supported the act of euthanasia? Have 
I supported, including through political activity, legal euthanasia? Have I made immoderate use of 
substances? Have I unnecessarily physically harmed another human person including through neglectful 
action? Have I indulged in or displayed feelings of anger or rage at another human person? Have I 
placed the value of the matenal world, including the enviroment, before the dignity and benefit of man? 

6. You shall not commit adultery. 

Have I resfjected God's gift of human sexuality according to His will and plan? Have I 
masturbated? Have I used contraception? Have I committed fornication (sex outside of marriage)? 
Have I committed adultery (sex with a person not one's spouse)? Have I committed homosexuality (sex 
with a person of the same gender)? Have I indulged sexual thoughts? Have I used pornography? Have 
I allowed my children to read or view material not suitable for them? 

7. You shall not steal. 

Have I taken the property of another? Have I damaged the property of another without 
making restitution? Have I defrauded an employee of proper wages? Have I supported, to the best of 
my ability, my Church? Have I, to the best of my ability, aided the poor? Have I shown proper 
stewardship for God's creation? Have I taken care of my property? 

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 

Have I deliberately lied to harm another person or to promote my own self-esteem? 
Have I participated in uncharitable talk towards another human person? Have I participated in gossip? 
Have I broken a solemn oath or vow? 

9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. 

Have I shown proper respect towards women? Have I displayed any improper decorum, 
especially in a sexual manner, towards women? 

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods. 

Have I been jealous or envious towards another person's goods or fortune? have I been 
unsatisfied with my state in life? Have I been resentful of another person's goods or fortune? 

The Confession 

Approach the priest to make the confession. If they are present, kiss the Icon of Christ, the Gospel Book 
and the handcross. Say: 

I confess to Almighty God, one in the Holy Trinity +, to the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, to all the 
angels and saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned. 
My last confession was , 



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or some other suitable prayer. 

Then, in a low voice, confess the sins. If necessary, ask the priest for guidance or clarification regarding 

any matter When finished, say: 

This is all I can remember. I am sorry for all my sins, 

or some other suitable statement. The priest will then give the penance and place the Epitrachial over 

the penitent's head and say the Prayer of Absolution. Return to the proper place in the church and say 

the Act of Contrition. Do the assigned penance as indicated. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

The Mystery of Penance and Reconciliation should be celebrated as frequently as possible. 



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Akathist Hymns 

The akathist is one of the most ancient offices or collection of prayers in the Byzantine Church. It is a 

prayer of veneration, thanksgiving and petition. "Akathist" means standing because it is an expression of 

profound joy in recognizing the honor being paid to Our Lord, Our Lady, or the saint who is being 

venerated. An akathist, therefore, is prayed standing. 

The Church has composed several akathists dedicated to either Our Lord under the title of our h/lost 

Sv/eet Jesus, or to various saints, such as St. Michael the Archangel and All the Holy Angels. The most 

popular is the Akathist to Our Lady, composed in the year 532. Today, the Church has granted the 

benefit of a plenary indulgence to all who pray the Akathist of Our Lady, when fulTilling all the proper 

requirements. 

The akathists are designed to be chanted, but it is not necessary to do so if prayed individually, or in a 

small group. If chanted, the Preamble and chants are sung recitando, and the kontakia are sung in Tone 

7. 

The Akathist Hymn to Our Lord, the Most Sweet Jesus 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction. 

Preamble 

Unconquered King and Lord, Vanquisher of the Nether World, I, Your creature and servant, sing Your 
praise for having delivered me from eternal death. Since Your mercies are boundless, free me from 
every harm as I sing: O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

First Chant 

Creator of Angels and Lord of Angelic Hosts: as You once opened the ears of the deaf and the mouths 
of the dumb, empower my dull mind and tongue to sing to You: O Jesus most wonderful. Marvel of 
Angels! O Jesus most powerful. Deliverer of Our Forefathers! O Jesus most delightful. Exultation of 
Patriarchs! Jesus most glorious, the Might of Rulers! O Jesus most beloved, the Fulfillment of 
Prophets! O Jesus most marvelous, the Strength of Martyrs! O Jesus most serene, the Joy of Monks! 
O Jesus most merciful, the Delight of Priests! Jesus most kind, the Happiness of Saints! O Jesus 
most honorable, the Chastity of the Chaste! O Jesus, Everlasting Salvation of Sinners! O Jesus, Son of 
God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

When You saw the widow weeping by the body of her dead son, O Lord, You were moved to compassion 
and raised him from the dead. O Lover of Mankind, have mercy also upon me, and raise up my sin- 
tortured soul, that 1 may sing: Alleluia! 

Second Chant 

As he sought understanding, Philip, in his confusion said: "Lord, show us the Father." In answer, You 
told him: "Have I been so long a time with you and you have not known that the Father is in Me and I am 
in the Father?" Likewise, Incomparable Lord, I cry out with fear: O Jesus, God Eternal! O Jesus, Most 
Powerful King! O Jesus, Long-suffering Lord! O Jesus, Ever-merciful Savior! O Jesus, Ever-gracious 
Guardian! O Jesus, cleanse me of sin! O Jesus, deliver me from all iniquities! O Jesus, forgive my 
insincerities! O Jesus, my Hope, never forsake me! O Jesus, my Help, do not reject me! O Jesus, My 
Creator, do not forget me! O Jesus, my Shepherd, let me go not astray! O Jesus, Son of God, have 
mercy on me! 

Kontakion 



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O Jesus, Who bestowed heavenly power upon the Apostles waiting in Jerusalem: fill me, who am 
deprived of all goodness, with Your Holy Spirit, so that I may lovingly sing to You: Alleluia! 

Third Chant 

O Jesus endowed with a richness of compassion, You called the publicans, the unfaithful, and the 
sinners to You. Do not despise me, who am like them; but, rather, receive this song as a gift of precious 
perfume: O Jesus, Invincible Strength! O Jesus, Boundless in Mercy! O Jesus, Unsurpassable in 
Beauty! O Jesus, Unspeakable Love! O Jesus, Son of the Living God! O Jesus, have mercy on me, a 
sinner! O Jesus, listen to me, defiled from birth! O Jesus, cleanse me, bom in sin! O Jesus, teach me, 
unworthy though I be! O Jesus, enlighten my darkness! O Jesus, cleanse me, a sinner! O Jesus, 
restore me, the prodigal! O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

With doubts storming with him, Peter began to sink, but looking up, he saw You walking on the water, 
and, realizing that You are truly God, he accepted the saving hand, exclaiming: Alleluia! 

Fourth Chant 

Hearing You as You passed by, the blind man cried out: "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me;" and 
You, by calling out to him, opened his eyes. Likewise, in Your mercy, open the eyes of my soul, that I 
may cry out to You: O Jesus, Creator of the Heavenly Spirits! O Jesus, Deliverer of the Poor! O Jesus, 
Savior from Evil Spirits! O Jesus, Artist of All Creation! O Jesus, Comforter of My Soul! O Jesus, 
Enlightenment of My Mind! O Jesus, Joy of My Heart! O Jesus, Health of My Body! O Jesus, my 
Savior, save me! O Jesus, my Light, enlighten me! O Jesus, deliver me from all torments! O Jesus, 
save me, unworthy though I be! O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

Through the shedding of Your Divine Blood, we were freed from the just curse of old. In like manner, 
free us now from the torments of our evil passions, and from prodigal rebellion and sinful despair with 
which the serpent defiled us, so that we may sing to You: Alleluia! 

Fifth Chant 

The Jewish children, seeing their Creator incarnate as Man, and recognizing Him as their Lord, hastily 
cut branches to honor Him, crying out: "Hosanna!" We also offer You this song: O Jesus, True God! O 
Jesus, Son of David! O Jesus, Most Glorious King! O Jesus, Innocent lamb! O Jesus, Marvelous 
Shepherd! O Jesus, Guardian of My Childhod! O Jesus, Provider of My Youth! O Jesus, Praise of My 
Old Age! O Jesus, My Hope at Death! O Jesus, My Life after Death! O Jesus, My Comfort at the Last 
Judgment! O Jesus, My Desire, do not cast me off! O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

Fulfilling the prophecies and messages of the inspired Prophets, Jesus appeared on earth. 
Omnipresence lived with men and took upon Himself our weaknesses. And we, being healed by Your 
wounds, have learned to sing: Alleluia! 

Sixth Chant 

The light of Your truth shines forth throughout the entire universe and destroys the falsehoods of the 
devil. Idols, being no match for Your power, O Savior, fall down before You. And we, who have 
received salvation, sing to You: O Jesus, truly You have destroyed error! O Jesus, Light Brighter than 



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All Others! O Jesus, Our King Surpassing All in Strength! O Jesus, You delight in showing mercy! O 
Jesus, Bread of Life, satisfy my hunger! O Jesus, Fount of Intelligence, quench my thirst for truth! O 
Jesus, Garment of Joy, cover me who am corruptible! O Jesus, Joyous Shelter, protect me who am 
unworthy! O Jesus, Who grants every prayer, grant me tears for my sins! O Jesus, Possession of All 
Who Seek, possess my soul! O Jesus, Contemplation of the Wise, open my Mind to penance! O jesus, 
Who paid the price for my sinfulness, cleanse me of sin! O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

Fulfilling the precious mystery revealed from the beginning of time. You were led as a sheep to the 
slaughter, and, as an innocent lamb. You were silent before the shearers. As God, You rose from the 
dead, and with glory. You ascended into heaven, so that we, exalted, might sing to Him: Alleluia! 

Seventh Chant 

Amazed creation beheld the appearance of the Creator, Who was born without seed from a Virgin, Who 
triumphantly arose from a sealed grave, and Who physically came to the Apostles through locked doors. 
And we, being likewise astonished, now sing: O Jesus, Inexplicalbe Word! O Jesus, Incomparable 
Word! O Jesus, Unconquered Strength! O Jesus, Indescribable Divinity! O Jesus, Lord Over All! O 
Jesus, Invincible Kingdom! Jesus, Unending Sovereignty! O Jesus, Omnipotent One! O Jesus, 
Eternal Power! O Jesus, My Creator, look graciously upon me! O Jesus, My Savior, save me! O Jesus, 
Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

Let us cast out the foolishness of the world and turn our minds to the Divine; for, the undreamed-of has 
happened, and God has become man in order to lead us to heaven, so that we might sing to Him: 
Alleluia! 

Eighth Chant 

You always associated with the lowly. Though incomparably greater than the mighty and wise. You 
never sought their company. When You willingly suffered for us, You conquered Death by Your death, 
and by Your resurrection. You gave life to those who sing: O Jesus, Delight of Our hearts! O Jesus, 
Strength of Our Bodies! O Jesus, Purity of Our Souls! O Jesus, Enlightenment of Our Thoughts! O 
Jesus, Joy of Our Conscience! O Jesus, Confident Hope! O Jesus, Eternal Memory! O Jesus, the 
Highest Praise! O Jesus, Supreme Name! O Jesus, My Desire, do not cast me away! O Jesus, My 
Pastor, look after me! O Jesus, My Savior, save me! O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

O Jesus, all the angelic choirs unceasingly glorify Your most holy Name, singing in the heavens: Holy, 
Holy Holy! Likewise, we sinner here on earth sing out with earthly lips: Alleluia! 

Ninth Chant 

O Jesus, Savior, all the ancient prophecies concerning You are feeble. They convey as little as the 
burbling of fish, for they fail to explain how You remained God and became a perfect man. We, likewise, 
amazed, sing to You with faith: O Jesus, Eternally God! O Jesus, King of Kings! O Jesus, Judge of the 
Living and the Dead! O Jesus, Hope of the Hopeless! O Jesus, Comforter of those Who Weep! O 
Jesus, Glory of the Lowly! O Jesus, do not judge me according to my deeds! O Jesus, let me not 
despair! O Jesus, enlighten my spiritual powers! O Jesus, keep before me the idea of death! O Jesus, 
Son of God, have mercy on me! 

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The Source of Light came to those groping in darkness and, being incarnate, submitted even to death 
because He wished to save the world. For this reason, Your Name is hymned above all others, and from 
all heavenly and earthly creation is heard: Alleluia! 

Tenth Chant 

Eternal King, True Comforter, Christ; cleanse us from all sinfulness as You cleansed the ten lepers. 
Heal us also as You healed the avaricious Zacchaeus, the publican, as we sing to You with love, saying: 
O Jesus, Treasury of Immortality! O Jesus, Abundance of Riches! O Jesus, Food the Strong! O Jesus, 
Fount Inexhaustible! O Jesus, Garment of the Poor! O Jesus, Defender of Widows! O Jesus, Aid of All 
Those Who Labor! O Jesus, Protection of Travelers! O Jesus, Guide of Seafarers! O Jesus, Queller of 
Storms! O Jesus, raise me up who have fallen! O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

Unworthy though it be, we bring to You our most endearing song and sing to You as did the woman of 
Canaan: "O Jesus, have mercy on me!" We are indeed not Gentiles, but our flesh is stung by the 
falsehoods of the devil and raging anger. Therefore, heal us who sing: Alleluia! 

Eleventh Chant 

A glowing beacon for those who dwell in the darkness of ignorance, Paul persecuted You until he was 
quelled by the power of Your voice and enlightened quickly by Your heavenly words. In like manner, 
enlighten the darkened eyes of my soul as I sing: O Jesus, my King Most Powerful! O Jesus, my God 
Most Strong! O Jesus, my Immortal Master! O Jesus, my Creator Most Glorious! O Jesus, my Good 
Strengthener! O Jesus, my Most Gentle Pastor! O Jesus, my Lord Most Compassionate! O Jesus, My 
Savior Most Merciful! O Jesus, banish my dark evil passions! O Jesus, heal me who am laden with sin! 
O Jesus, cleanse me from worldy thoughts! O Jesus, guard my heart from evil passions! O Jesus, Son 
of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

O Jesus, Remitter of Debts, grant me the grace to be as repentant as Peter who denied You; and call 
me, lest I despair, as You eariier called Paul, who persecuted You, and hear me as I sing to You: 
Alleluia! 

Twelfth Chant 

Singing of Your Incarnation, we all praise You and believe like Thomas that, sitting together with the 
Father, You are Lord and God, and the Judge of the Living and the Dead. Allow me to stand at Your 
right hand and sing: O Jesus, my Eternal King, have mercy on me! O Jesus, Aroma of Flowers, Shed 
Your Perfume upon me! O Jesus, Warming Love, enkindle me! O Jesus, Eternal Temple, shelter me! 
O Jesus, Cloak of Light, cover me! O Jesus, Brilliant Peari, shine upon me! O Jesus, Sun of Holiness, 
illumine me! O Jesus, Joyful Light, inspire me! O Jesus, deliver me from all bodily and spiritual ills! O 
Jesus, spare me from falling into the hands of evil-doers! O Jesus, free me from eternal fire and 
torment! O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Kontakion 

O Most Gracious Jesus, Delight of Our Hearts: receive now our humble prayer as You received the two 
lowly talents of the poor widow. Deliver Your people from every visible and invisible enemy, from 
foreign invasion, civil war, and riot; from all storms and every distress and illness. Save me from all 
torment as we sing to You: Alleluia! 



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Thirteenth Chant 

Creator of Angels and Lord of Angelic Hosts: as You once opened the ears of the deaf and the mouths 
of the mute, empower my dull mind and tongue to sing to You: O Jesus, Most Wonderful, Marvel of 
Angels! O Jesus, Most Powerful, Deliverer of Our Forefathers! O Jesus, Most Delightful, Exultation of 
Patriarchs! O Jesus Most Beloved, the Fulfillment of Prophets! O Jesus Most Serene, the Joy of 
Monks! O Jesus Most Merciful, the Delight of Priests! O Jesus Most Kind, the Happiness of Saints! O 
Jesus Most Honorable, the Chastity of the Chaste! O Jesus, Everlasting Salvation of Sinners! O Jesus, 
Son of God, have mercy on me! 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

The Akathist Hymn to Our Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin IVIary 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction. 

Preamble 

As soon as the Angel had received his command, he hastened to Joseph's house and said to the ever- 
Virgin: "Behold, heaven was brought down to earth when the Word Himself was fully contained in you! 
Now that I see Him in your womb, taking a servant's form, I cry out to you in wonder: Hail, O Bride and 
Maiden ever-pure!" 

First Chant 

An Archangel was sent from heaven to greet the Mother of God, and as he saw You assuming a body at 
the sound of his bodiless voice, O Lord, he stood rapt in amazement and cried to her in these words: 
Hail, O you through whom joy will shine forth; hail, O you through whom the curse will disappear! Hail, O 
Restoration of the Fallen Adam; hail, O Redemption of the Tears of Eve! Hail, O Peak above the reach 
of human thought; hail, O Depth even beyond the sight of angels! Hail, O you who have become a 
kingly Throne; hail, O you who carries Him Who carries all! Hail, O Star who manifests the Sun; hail, O 
Womb of the Divine IncamationI Hail, O you through whom creation is renewed; hail, O you through 
whom the Creator becomes a Babe! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontaldon 

Knowing that she was a virgin, the Blessed One courageously answered the Angel: "Your surprising 
words seem hard for my mind to accept; how can you speak of a birth that is to come from a conception 
without seed? And why do you cry: Alleluia!" 

Second Chant 

Trying to grasp the meaning of this mystery, the Virgin asked the holy messenger: "How is it possible 
that a Son be born from a virginal womb? Tell me." And he answered her with awe, crying out in these 
words: Hail, O Hidden Sense of the Ineffable Plan; hail, O Belief In Silence That Must Be! Hail, O 
Forecast of the Marvels of Christ; hail, O Fountainhead of Truths Conceming Him! Hail, Celestial 
Ladder by whom God came down; hail, O Bridge leading earthly ones to heaven! Hail, O Wonder, ever- 
thrilling to the angels; hail, O Wound, ever-hurting to the demons! Hail, O you who gave birth to Light 
ineffably; hail, O you who told no one how it was done! Hail, O you who surpasses the wisdom of the 
wise; hail, O you who enlightens faithful minds! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

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When the power of the Most High overshadowed the one who had never known the nuptial bed, her 
fruitful womb conceived, and she became for all a delicious field for those who wished to reap salvation 
by singing: Alleluia! 

Third Chant 

Pregnant with God, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth, and her unborn child rejoiced, immediately knowing 
her embrace. Bouncing and singing, he cried out to the Mother of God: Hail, O Tendril whose Bud shall 
not wilt; hail, O Soil whose Fruit shall not perish! Hail, O Tender of mankind's loving Tender; hail, O 
Gardener of the Gardener of Life! Hail, O Earth who yielded abundant mercies; hail, O Table Full-Laden 
With Appeasement! Hail, for you have greened anew the pastures of delight; hail, for you have prepared 
a haven for the souls! Hail, Acceptable Incense of prayer; Hail, Expiation of the Whole Universe! Hail, 
O Favor of God to Mortal Men; hail, O Trust of Mortals Before God! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever- 
pure! 

Kontakion 

Filled with a storm of contradictory thoughts, the wise Joseph was greatly disturbed; until then, he had 
seen you, a virgin, and now he suspected you of secret guilt, All-Blameless One! Learning that your 
conception was of the Holy Spirit, he cried out: Alleluia! 

Fourth Chant 

The shepherds heard the angels singing hymns of praise to the coming of Christ in the flesh. And 
running to Him as to a shepherd, they saw Him as a spotless Lamb grazing at Mary's breasts. They sang 
a hymn to her and said: Hail, O Mother of lamb and Shepherd; hail, O Fold of Rational Sheep! Hail, O 
Protection Against Unseen Foes; hail, O Key to the Doors of paradise! Hail, for the heavenly rejoice with 
the earthly; hail, for the earthly meet the heavenly in song! Hail, the Unsilenced Voice of Apostles; hail, 
the Undaunted Might of Martys! Hail, O Steadfast Foundation of Faith; hail, O Shining Emblem of 
Grace! Hail, O you through whom death was despoiled; hail, O you through whom we were clothed with 
glory! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

When they saw the star moved by God, the Magi followed its glittering light. Using it as a beacon, they 
found through it the Mighty King, and reaching the One Beyond All Reach, they rejoiced and cried out to 
Him: Alleluia! 

Fifth Chant 

The sons of Chaldea saw in the Virgin's hands the One Whose hands had fashioned men, and 
acknowledging Him as the Master, although he had taken the form of a servant, they hastened to honor 
Him with their gifts, and cried out the the Blessed One: Hail, O Mother of the Star Without Setting; hail, 
O Radiance of the Mystical Day! Hail, O you who quenched the flame of error; hail, O Light of those who 
search the + Trinity! Hail, O you who unthroned the enemy of men; hail, O you who showed forth Christ 
the Lord, the Lover of Mankind! Hail, O you who cleansed us from the stain of pagan worship; hail, O 
you who saved us from the mire of evil deeds! Hail, O you who made cease the cult of fire; hail, O you 
who dispelled the flames of passion! Hail, O you who guides the faithful toward wisdom; hail, O Delight 
of All the Nations! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

The Magi, having become God-bearing heralds, returned to Babylon, conforming to Your command, 
announcing You, the Christ, to all, and leaving Herod as a fool who did not know how to sing: Alleluia! 



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Sixth Chant 

Illuminating Egypt with the light of truth, You cast away the darkness of error. For the idols, unable to 
stand Your might, fell down, and those who had been delivered from them cried out to the Mother of 
God: Hail, O Resurrection of Mankind; hail, O Downfall of the Demons! Hail, O you who crushed the 
error of deceit; hail, O you who exposed the fraud of idols! Hail, O Sea who drowned the symbolic 
Pharaoh; hail, O Rock who quenched those who thirst for life! Hail, O Pillar of Fire who guided those in 
darkness; hail, O Shelter of the World, wider than the clouds! Hail, O Food who took the place of 
Manna; hail, O Servant of Holy Delight! Hail, O Land of the Promised Good; hail, O you who flow with 
milk and honey! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

As Simeon was about to leave the present deceitful world, You were entrusted to him as an Infant, but 
You made Yourself known to him as the Perfect God. Wherefore, he marveled at Your wisdom beyond 
words, and cried out: Alleluia! 

Seventh Chant 

The Creator displayed a new creation to us who had come from Him: He came forth from a womb that 
had received no seed, and He left it intact as it had been, so that at the sight of this marvel, we would 
sing to her and cry out: Hail, O Blossom of Incorruption; hail, O Crown of Self-Mastery! Hail, O you who 
shone forth as a Sign of Resurrection; hail, O you who displayed the life of angels! Hail, Fruitful Tree 
from whom believers feed; hail. Shady Glen where many are sheltered! Hail, O you who have borne the 
Guide of the Lost; hail, O Source of Life to the Captives' Release! Hail, O you who unsettled even the 
just judge; hail. Indulgence of many who have fallen! Hail, O Stole for those who lack freedom to speak; 
hail, O Tenderness who exceeds all desire! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

Now that we have seen this strange birth, let us estrange ourselves from the world and turn our minds to 
heaven; indeed, it is for this that the God Most High appeared on earth as a lowly man, desiring to draw 
up to heaven those who cry out to Him: Alleluia! 

Eighth Chant 

While fully present amid those below, the Uncircumscribed Word was in no way absent from those 
above; for what happened was a divine condescension, and not a moving from one place to another; and 
it was a birth from a Virgin inspired by God, who heard these words: Hail, O Space of the spaceless 
God; hail, O Gate of the Sublime Mystery! Hail, O Message unsure to men without faith; hail, O Glory 
most certain to those who believe! Hail, O Sacred Chariot of the One Above the Cherubim; hail. Perfect 
Dwelling of the One Above the Seraphim! Hail, O you who reconciled opposites; hail, O you who 
combined maidenhood and motherhood! Hail, O you through whom transgression was erased; hail, O 
you through whom paradise was opened! Hail, O Key to the Kingdom of Christ; hail; O Hope for the 
Ages of Bliss! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

The whole order of Angels marveled at the great work of Your becoming a man. For they saw the One 
inaccessible as God become a Man Accessible to All, living with us and hearing all cry out: Alleluia! 

Ninth Chant 

O Mother of God, we see the best of speakers become as mute as fish in your regard, for they could not 
explain how you could give birth while remaining a virgin. As for us, while marveling at the mystery, we 



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cry out to you with faith: Hail, O Container of God's Wisdom; hail, O Treasury of His Providence! Hail, 
O Reproof of Foolish Philosophers; hail, O Confusion of Speechless Wise Men! Hail, for you perplexed 
the Inquisitive minds; hail, for you dried up the inventors of myths! Hail, for you ripped the Athenians' 
meshes; hail, for you fiMed the Fishermen's nets! Hail, O Retriever From the Abyss of Ignorance, hail, O 
Lamplight of Knowledge to Many! Hail, O Ship for Those Who Seek Salvation; hail, O Harbor for the 
Sailors of Life! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

Desiring to save the world, the Creator of All came down to it of His own will. Being at the same time our 
Shepherd and our God, He appeared among us, a man like us. And so the like called upon the Like, and 
as God He heard: Alleluia! 

Tenth Chant 

O Virgin God-Bearer, you are the Strength of Virgins and of all those who have recourse to you. For the 
Maker of Heaven and Earth covered you with His shadow, O Pure One, and came to dwell in your womb, 
and taught us all to cry out to you: Hail, O Pillar of Virginity; hail, O Gateway of Salvation! Hail, O 
Principle of the New Creation; hail, O Dispenser of God's Bounties! Hail, for you restored those born in 
shame; hail, for you gave sense to those who had lost it! Hail, O you who stopped the corrupter of 
minds; hail, O you who bore the Sower of Chastity! Hail, Holy Chamber of Virginal Wedlock; hail, O you 
who joins the faithful with God! Hail, O gracious Foster-Mother of Virgins; hail, O Bridesmaid of Holy 
Souls! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

Every hymn falls short when it attempts to sing the multitude of Your mercies. We could sing to You as 
many songs as there are grains of sand, O Holy King, without ever doing anything worthy of what You 
have given to those who cry out to You: Alleluia! 

Eleventh Chant 

We see the holy Virgin as a brilliant luminary enlightening those who live in darkness; for having kindled 
the Immaterial Light, she leads men to the knowledge of God and fills their minds with radiance, so that 
she is worthily praised in these words: Hail, O Beam of the Mystical Sun; hail, O Radiance of the Light 
Without Setting! Hail, Lightning-Flash that brightens the souls; hail, Thunder-Clap that strikes down the 
foes! Hail, for you have raised the many-lighted Star; hail, for you have opened the many-coursed 
Stream! Hail, O you who traced the Living Model of the Pool; hail, O you who erased the stain of sin! 
Hail, Flowing Water that cleanses the conscience; hail, Holy Vessel overflowing with joy! Hail, O 
Fragrance of the Sweetness of Christ; hail, O Life of the Mystical Banquet! Hail, O Bride and Maiden 
ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

Because He wished to grant release from all the ancient debts, the One Who pays men's dues came 
down Himself to those who had spurned His grace. He tore up their obligations, and heard from all of 
them this cry: Alleluia! 

Twelfth Chant 

By singing praise to your maternity, we all exalt you as a Spiritual Temple, O Theotokos! For the One 
Who dwelt within your womb, the Lord Who holds all things in His hands, sanctified you, glorified you 
and taught all men to sing to You: Hail, O Tabemacle of God the Word; hail, Holy One, more holy that 
the Saints! Hail, O Ark that the Spirit has gilded; hail. Inexhaustible Treasure of Life! Hail, Precious 
Crown of Rightful Authorities; hail, Sacred Glory of Reverent Priests! Hail, Unshakable Tower of the 
Church; hail, Unbreachable Wall of the Kingdom! Hail, O you through whom the trophies are raised; 



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hail, O you through whom the enemies are routed! Hail, O Healing of My Body; hail, O Salvation of My 
Soul! Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Kontakion 

O Mother Worthy of All Praise, you who have given birth to the Word, the Holiest of the Holy, accept this 
present offering, deliver all men from every affliction, and save from the future punishment those who 
cry out to you: Alleluia! 

Hirmos 

Gabriel was rapt in amazement as he beheld your virginity and the splendor of your purity, O Mother of 
God, and he cried out to you: "By what name shall I call you? I am bewildered; I am lost! I shall greet 
you as I was commanded to do: 'Hail, O Woman Full of Grace!'" 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

The Akathist to St. Michael the Archangel 

Recite tt)e Prayers of Introduction. 

Preamble 

Chosen captain of the heavenly hosts and defender of mankind, we - delivered by you from afflictions - 
offer this hymn of thanksgiving, and do you standing before the throne of the King of Glory set us free 
from all distress that we may cry to you with faith and love: Hail, Michael great captain, with the hosts of 
heaven! 

First Chant 

As leader of the fiery choirs of angels, it is right to praise you with angelic tongue, O Michael, but until - 
taught by you - we have become used to the speech of the bodiless powers, hear the praises from 
thankful lips though they be those of mortal beings: Hail, first-fomned star of the world! Hail, candle of 
truth and justice, shining like gold! Hail, first receiver, in the choir of angels of the rays of the uncreated 
light! Hail, head of angels and archangels! Hail, you in whom the creative glory of the Right Hand 
shines! Hail, you by whom the assembly of all bodiless creatures is made beautiful! Hail, Michael, great 
chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

Beholding the splendor of your spiritual beauty and the strength of your right hand that is like a flash of 
lightning, we - wrapped as we are in the mortal flesh of this earth - but, filled with joy and thankfulness 
toward the Creator, cry aloud: O Archangel of God, with all the hosts of heaven: Alleluia! 

Second Chant 

O most wonderful Michael, leader of the heavenly hosts, ask for us a clear understanding, free from 
passions, that, lifted in thought from earthly to heavenly things, we may sing a hymn of praise to you: 
Hail, nearest beholder of the ineffable beauty and goodness of God! Hail, close participator in the 
mysteries of the all-good counsels of the most Holy + Trinity! Hail, faithful fulfiller of the pre-eternal 
judgements of the + Trinity! Hail, you at whom the heavenly hosts, with love, stand amazed! Hail, you 
to whom those bom on earth give glory! Hail, you before whom the hosts of heaven tremble! Hail, 
Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

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Archangel Michael, you show in yourself the strength of an unconquerable zeal for the glory of God. At 
the head of the choirs of angels, you have withstood the arrogant daystar Satan, exceedingly proud and 
breathing out evil when he and his dark fellow-servants had been cast down into the nethermost parts of 
the world, while the heavenly hosts led by you in your glory shouted as with one voice for joy before the 
throne of God: Alleluia! 

Third Chant 

All Christian people have you, O Archangel Michael, as a mighty defender and helper in battle against 
the adversary. Therefore, we, wishing to be granted your marvelous protection, call upon you on the day 
of your solemn feast in this way: Hail, you by whom Satan was cast down like lightning from heaven! 
Hail, you by whom humanity preserved goes up to heaven! Hail, splendid adornment of the most radiant 
world on high! Hail, most glorious defender of the fallen world here below! Hail, never-defeated by the 
forces of evil! Hail, you, established forever by divine grace in truth and righteousness with all God's 
angels! Hail, Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

O chief ruler of the angels, deliver us who keep your radiant feast with joy from the storm of temptations 
and troubles, for you are a mighty helper in afflictions and the preserver and defender in the hour of 
death of all those crying aloud to Our Lord and Our Lady: Alleluia! 

Fourth Chant 

Seeing your boldness against the regiments of Satan, all the ranks of angels followed after you with joy 
into the fight for the name and the glory of their Master, crying aloud: "Who is like unto God!" And we, 
seeing Satan cast down beneath your feet cry to you as victor: Hail, you by whom peace and quiet 
returned to heaven! Hail, you whom the spirit of evil was laid low even unto hell! Hail, you who direct 
the angelic armies and the hosts of the invisible world to the destnjction of evil! Hail, you who, unseen, 
calm the agitation and fighting of the elements of the unseen world! Hail, wonderful defender of those 
waging war with the spirits of evil! Hail, strong helper of those on earth grown weak through the 
temptations and assaults of the world! Hail, Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

You have appeared in the Church of Khony as a divinely flowing fountain of great miracles. For, not only 
was a large and fearful serpent dwelling there destroyed by your strength, but a stream of water was 
revealed there healing all bodily ailments, that all might glorify you, O Lord God of the angels, and all 
might cry out to You with Faith: Alleluia! 

Fifth Chant 

Hearing you and knowing you as a great light shining among the choirs of angels, after God and His Holy 
Mother, we run to you, wonderful Michael. With the rays of your light illuminate all of us who sing to you 
in the following manner: Hail, mediator of the law given by the hand of Moses on Mount Sinai! Hail, you 
by whom the judges and leaders of Israel found strength and protection! Hail, you, through whom the 
prophets and high priests of the Jews received the gift of knowledge from the all-knowing God! Hail, you 
who provide with secret wisdom the God-fearing givers of the law! Hail, you who put kindness and 
mercy into the hearts of those who administer justice and truth! Hail, Michael, great chief captain with all 
the hosts of heaven! 

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You have announced beforehand the judgements of God when, in former times - at the sight of you - 
Mannah was filled with fear and perplexity, thinking that he would no longer live, but taught by his wife of 
the goodness of the vision, and the gentleness of your words, from joy at having a son, Samson, who 
was about to be born, he cried out to God in thanksgiving: Alleluia! 

Sixth Chant 

You have shone forth wonderfully, O Michael, when in the form of a man you have stood before Joshua, 
son of Nun, saying: "Take off your shoes, for I am the chief captain of the hosts of the Lord." And we, 
marvelling, sing to you: Hail, untiring guardian of leaders, rulers, and governments! Hail, you, swift to 
overthrow those withstanding authority as they oppose the command of God! Hail, you who appease the 
mighty wave of popular tumult! Hail, invisible destroyer of vile customs! Hail, you who enlighten those 
in doubt in the hour of great perplexity! Hail, you who save all those tried by soul-destroying and false 
attacks! Hail, Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

Wanting to show that the fortunes of men are not dependent on themselves, but are always held in His 
Divine Hand, the Maker of all has given you to the kingdoms of the earth as a defender and keeper, that 
you may prepare all the tribes and peoples for the Kingdom of God that is etemal. Therefore, all of us 
knowing your great service for the salvation of mankind, cry to God in thanksgiving: Alleluia! 

Seventh Chant 

The Creator and Master of all miracles has shown us a new miracle on earth through you, chief angel, 
when you miraculously saved the church built in honor of your name from being flooded with the waters 
of the river. You commanded the rising stream to turn back into the bosom of the earth, at the sight of 
which the blessed Archipus together with his spiritual children cried to you in thanksgiving: Hail, 
indestructible rampart of the holy Church of God! Hail, you at whose behest the elements are subdued! 
Hail, you by whom all evil intents are brought to naught! Hail, you who bring Joy to all the faithful from 
the throne of the Almighty God! Hail, you who lead unbelievers on the path of justice and truth! Hail, 
Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

Habakkuk, the prophet, saw in his very self a strange wonder of your power, O chief captain of God's 
armies, when carried off at the Divine Command, he was quickly taken from Judah to Babylon to give 
food to Daniel, a prisoner in the den of the lions. Therefore, amazed at the mighty effect of your 
strength, he cried out with faith: Alleluia! 

Eighth Chant 

Standing before the throne of God, Michael, you are entirely in the heights yet you are not far from men 
and women below upon the earth. You ever fight against the enemies of mankind's salvation. 
Therefore, all who wish to reach the long-desired homeland of heaven call to you with one accord: Hail, 
leader of the thrice-holy hymn of the angels! Hail, ever-ready advocate and guardian of those on earth! 
Hail, who, in strange fashion, struck down Pharaoh with his faithless Egyptians in their ponderous pride! 
Hail, who glorioulsy led the Jews in their wandering through the wilderness! Hail, you who quenched the 
flame of the fiery furnace of Babylon for the three youths! Hail, Michael, great chief captain with all the 
hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

Joyful trembling seized the monks of the Holy Mount of Athos when they saw how you saved the God- 
fearing child who was thrown into the depths of the sea with a stone around his neck by money-grubbing 



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men. The monastery that received him was adomed by your name, O Michael, and cries to God in 
thanl<sgiving: Alleluia! 

Ninth Chant 

Spealcers, eloquent in words and who love clever thoughts, have not sufficient strength to declare your 
might, O Michael, and how in one night you destroyed the one hundred and eighty-five thousand warriors 
of Sennacherih, the king of Assyria, as a warning to him not to blaspheme the Name of the Lord in the 
future. We, honoring your zeal for the glory of the truth of God, cry out to you with gladness: Hail, 
unconquerable leader of the armies of Orthodoxy! Hail, very fear and defeat of armies whose beliefs 
are evil! Hail, planter of the Orthodox faith and worship! Hail, uprooter of heresies and schisms that 
harm the soul! Hail, you who strengthened the pious Maccabees on the field of battle! Hail, you who 
struck down in the temple itself Heliodorus, the captain of the evil king, Antiochus! Hail, Michael, great 
chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

O chief captain of God, be for us who wish to be saved, a firm helper, to deliver and preserve us from 
distress and mishap, and even more so from our own evil habits and sins so that, progessing in faith, 
hope and love of Christ, we may thankfully cry out with joy to the Master of angels and mankind for your 
strong defense: Alleluia! 

Tenth Chant 

O chief captain of God, you are a wall for all who believe and a strong pillar in the struggles with visible 
and invisble enemies. With thankful hearts and voices we cry: Hail, unconquerable opponent of the 
enemies of the Faith and the adversaries of the Holy Church! Hail, untiring helper of those who humbly 
announce the Good News! Hail, you who enlighten with the light of faith those sitting in the land of 
darkness! Hail, you who direct along the path of truth and repentance those made foolish through false 
wisdom! Hail, terrible avenger of those who call in vain upon the Name of the Lord! Hail, chastiser 
bearing lightning for those who foolishly mock the Mysteries of the Holy Faith! Hail, Michael, great chief 
captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

O angel of God, every song of praise falls short because of the multitude of miracles performed by you 
not only in heaven and on earth, but also in the dark shades of the depths of the netherworld, where you 
have chained the serpent with the bonds of power of the Lord, that those delivered from the evil one's 
wickedness might bless the Master of heaven and earth, crying: Alleluia! 

Eleventh Chant 

O chief captain, you appeared as a light-bearing servant of truth and the purity of divine worship when, 
foreseeing the snares of the spirit of darkness, you have forbidden him in the Name of the Lord, that he 
dare not show the hidden body of the prophet Moses, leader of the Jews, to the sensual children of Israel 
lest they deify him. Therefore, while we now honor your divinely bright feast, we cry to you: Hail, you 
who kept the purity of knowledge of God among the Jews in the days of the Old Testament! Hail, who by 
grace have many times uprooted the weeds of error in the days of the New Testament! Hail, destoyer of 
heathen prophets and idols! Hail, fortifier of Christians who struggle and suffer! Hail, you who fill the 
weak in spirit with the strength of the grace of God! Hail, you who clothe in the armor of faith those who 
fail in the flesh! Hail, Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

Beg grace for us from God in heaven as we sing to the glory of your honorable name, O Michael, that in 
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and death, we may be granted to stand before the flaming throne of the King of Glory and sing with all 
the chors of angels: Alleluia! 

Twelfth Chant 

Singing the praises of your many different miracles performed for our salvation, we pray the Lord and 
Master of all, O Michael, that the spirit of zeal for the glory of God that is within you fail not in us who 
sing to you with these hymns of praise; Hail, you who divinely set up in the heights of power the servants 
of God in time of need! Hail, you who invisibly bring down from the heights of strength and glory those 
who are unworthy and insolent! Hail, you, who on the last day, shall gather the chosen from the four 
ends of the earth! Hail, you by whom at the voice of God sinners shall be committed like bares to the 
eternal fire! Hail, you by whom Satan and his angels shall be cast into the lake of fire! Hail, you by 
whom the righteous shall gloriously be made to settle in the mansion of our heavenly Father! Hail, 
Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven! 

Kontakion 

O most wonderful leader of archangels and angels, because of your most marvelous service for the 
salvation of mankind, accept from us the sound of praise and thanksgiving now offered to you, and as 
you are filled with the strength of God, protect us with your immaterial wings from all visible and invisible 
enemies, that we may cry without ceasing to the Lord glorified by you and who glorified you: Alleluia! 

Prayer of Entrustment 

O great and holy Michael, Archangel of God, standing at the head of the angels before the everlasting + 
Trinity, O advocate and preser\/er of mankind, who - with your hosts - has broken in heaven the head of 
the daystar, Satan, the exceedingly proud one, and who always puts to shame his evil and cunning 
servants on earth, we run to you with faith and pray to you with love: be an unbreakable shield and firm 
bastion for the Holy Church and for our nation, protecting them with your lightning sword. Be for us a 
guardian angel, a wise counsellor and helper of our land bringing to it from the the throne of the Eternal 
Ruling King and Lord our God enlightenment and strength, joy, peace and comfort. Be for us the chief 
captain and fellow-fighter of our honorable country, crowning it with glory and victory over unjust 
adversaries, that all who oppose us may know that God and His holy angels stand ready to defend us. 
Be the physician and healer of those wounded. Be the pillar and defender of those children of the 
Church of God that are in captivity. And forsake not, O Archangel of God, with your help and protection, 
those of us who today glorify your holy name. For, behold, though we are great sinners, yet we desire 
not to perish in our iniquities but to turn to the Lord and be made by Him to live for good works. 
Illuminate our minds with the light of the Countenance of God that shines without ceasing on the 
lightning-like forehead, that we may understand that the will of God concerning us is good and perfect 
and knows all that is right for us to do, and even that which is right to omit and overlook. Strengthen by 
the grace of the Lord, our weak and feeble purpose, that made firm in the commandments of the Lord we 
may cease to wallow in earthly thoughts drawn by the lusts of the flesh as senseless children through the 
perishable beauties of the world. Above all these things, ask from on high for us the true spirit of 
repentance, true sorrow and contrition for our sins before God, that we may spend the remaining number 
of our days in this temporal life, not in the satisfying of our feelings and in the bondage to our passions, 
but in the blotting out of the evil we have done by tears of faith and heartfelt compunction, by works of 
charity, chastity, and holy acts of loving mercy. 

When the hour of our end and of our liberation from the earthly bonds of our own bodies draws near, O 
Archangel of God, leave us not without defense against the earthly spirits of evil who try to hinder the 
entry of man into the heavenly places. Preserved by you, may we, without hindrance, reach those all- 
glorious dwelling-places of Paradise where there is neither sorrow nor sighing but only life without end. 
May we be made worthy to behold the Face of our all-gracious Lord and Master, and falling at His feet 
with tears may we cry out in joy and tender feeling: Glory to You, our most tender, dear Redeemer, who, 
because of Your great love for us, your unworthy servants and handmaidens, have been pleased to send 
Your angels in the sen/ice of our salvation! For all the powers of heaven praise You, and we give glory, 
honor and thanksgiving to You, Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 



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O chosen captain of the heavenly hosts and defender of mankind, we, delivered by you from ail 
afflictions, offer this hymn of thanksgiving, and do you, standing before the throne of the King of Glory, 
set us free from all distress that we may cry to you with faith and love: 
Hail, Michael, great captain, with all the hosts of heaven! Three times. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 



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The Paraklis: 
The Office of Consolation to the IVIost Holy Theotokos 

The Paraklis is a special office, or service, dedicated to the Mother of God. It is penitential in nature and 
- although it may and should be prayed at anytime - it is commonly recited, or chanted, during times of 
great trial. Invoking the compassion of the Theotokos, as the Mother of Sorrov^s, it is designed to bring 
consolation to those who suffer for whatever reason. It is also commonly celebrated during the Lenten 
season of the Great Fast. 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 
three Come, let us... 

Psalm 142 
Confidence in the Lord 

O Lord, listen to my prayer; in Your truth give heed to my request and in Your justice hear me. And enter 
not into judgment with Your servant since of all the living none is just before You. The enemy has 
pursued my soul, he has crushed my life into the ground. He has forced me to dwell in darkness like 
those long dead. My spirit was overwhelmed with grief and within me my heart was troubled. 
Remembering the days of old, I meditated on all Your deeds, I thought of the works of Your hands. I 
stretched out my hands to You; like a parched land my soul longed for You. Listen to me without delay, 

Lord; my spirit has failed me. Turn not Your face from me, nor let me sink in the pit like the others. 
Grant that I may hear Your love at dawn, for I have placed my hope in You. O Lord, let me know which 
way I shall go, for I have lifted up my soul to You. Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; it is to You that 

1 have fled. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me over level 
ground. For the sake of Your name, O Lord, You will keep me alive. In Your saving bounty. You will 
deliver my soul from oppression. And in Your loving kindness. You will destroy my enemies. And bring 
to naught all those who grieve my soul, for I am Your servant. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory + be to You, O God! Three times. 

God the Lord has revealed Himself to us; blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. Three 
times. 

Troparia 

Unto the Mother of God let us sinners humbly and diligently have recourse now, and bowing low in 
repentance, let us exclaim from the depths of our souls: Come to our aid, O Queen, and have 
compassion on us. Hasten for we perish from our many sin; turn not from your rewardless servants, for 
we have you as our peerless Protectress. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Mother of God, we, although unworthy, shall never cease to proclaim your 
might; for if you should no longer intercede for us, who would deliver us from countless misfortunes? 
Who would preserve us in freedom until this day? We shall not abandon You, O Queen; for you, who 
are unsurpassed in blessedness, always save your servants from all calamities. 

Psalm 50/51 

Recite Psalm 50/51. 

Canon of Supplication 
Odes 1 and 2 



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When Israel passed through the waters as upon dry land, and escaped the malice of the Egyptians, they 
cried out: "Let us sing to our Redeemer and our God!" 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
Many temptations have surrounded me, O Virgin. To you I come for shelter and salvation. O Mother of 
God, deliver me from all trouble and affliction! 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
The assaults of my passions disturb me; they fill my soul with great discouragement. O Maiden, 
preserved from all stain, restore the balance of my soul through the peace of your Son, through the 
peace of your God! 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin, I beseech you who have given birth to God the Savior, deliver me from my afflictions. It is to 
you I now come for shelter, to you I lift up my heart and thoughts. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
You alone are the Theotokos; you are good and the Mother of Goodness. Take away the disease of my 
body and soul; make me worthy of your good care and of the coming of God. 

Ode J 

O Lord, and supreme Creator of the heavenly firmament and Founder of the Church, confirm me in Your 
love, O Summit of Desires; for You are the stronghold of the faithful and the only One Who truly loves 
mankind. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 

Virgin Mother of God, I choose you to be my protection and the shelter of my life. Direct me towards 
your haven, for you are the channel of all good things and the support of the faithful, and you alone are 
worthy of every praise. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 

1 beseech you, O Virgin, dispel the troubles of my soul, quiet the surge of my despair; for you, O Bride of 
God, have carried the Prince of Peace, and you alone are perfectly pure. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
You gave birth to the Doer of Good, to the Cause of All Delight. Let the wealth of His generosity abound 
within all souls; for since you have borne the Almighty Christ, you have power to act as you please, O 
you who are blessed of God. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
O Virgin, help me who am pressed by incurable ills and distressing passions; for I know that you, All- 
blameless One, are a perfect and abundant treasury of healing. 

Ode 4 

O Lord, I have heard of the mystery of Your plan of redemption, and I have meditated upon Your works. 
That is why I give glory to Your divinity. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
Quiet the seething of my passions and calm the storm of my sins, for you are the Bride of God who gave 
birth to the good Lord. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin who gave birth to the compassionate Lord, the Savior of those who praise you, grant that I who 
cling to you may enjoy the depth of your compassion. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
We who rejoice on account of your gifts are aware that you are the Mother of God, and so we sing a 
hymn of gratitude to you who are perfectly pure. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
You whom we possess as our hope, our supporting strength, our indestructible wall of salvation, are 
worthy of all praise. Grant that we may be worthy to be delivered from all affliction. 

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Enlighten our hearts with Your commands, O Lord; with Your outstretched hand grant us Your peace, O 
Lover of Mankind 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Immaculate Lady, give me your pure happiness. You gave birth to the Cause of Joy; fill my heart with 
joy! 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
Deliver us from dangers, O Immaculate Theotokos, for you gave birth to Eternal Salvation and to Peace 
beyond our understanding. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
With the brightness of your light, dispel the darkness of my sins, O Bride of God who gave birth to the 
Divine and Eternal Light. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
Heal the misery of my passions; make me worthy of your assistance, and through your intercession, 
grant me health. 

Ode 6 

Before the Lord, I pour out my supplication. To Him I complain about my sorrow for my soul is filled with 
iniquities, and my life is close to the Abyss. Therefore, like Jonas, I cry out: Raise me from corruption, 
O my God. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 

Virgin, beseech your Lord and your Son Who delivered Himself to death and saved my nature from 
death and coraiption to which it had been bound, that He may deliver me from the hands of the enemy. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 

1 believe, O Virgin, that through your intercession you save and protect my life, dispelling many 
temptations and casting out the cunning snares of the devil. Now I implore you without ceasing: Deliver 
me from my corrupting passions. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Maiden, you have been given to us as a wall behind which we may seek refuge, as a perfect means of 
salvation for our souls, as a joy in our tribulations; for we always find delight in your light. O Lady, save 
us always from every danger and evil desire. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
Behold how sick I am; I lie upon my bed, and there is no healing for me. I come to you in your goodness, 
for you have given birth to the Savior of the World. Deliver me from my disease and raise me from the 
pain of my affliction. 

Kontakion 

O gentle Protectress of Christians, unfailing Mediatrix before the Creator, do not despise the prayerful 
voices of sinners; but in your goodness hasten to assist us who trustfully cry out to you: Inspire us to 
prayer, and hasten to hear our supplication; intercede always. Mother of God, in behalf of those who 
honor you! 

Troparia 

Glory be...O Father +, Word, and Spirit: Holy Trinity; cleanse the multitude of our sins. 

Now and ever.. .Through the prayers of the most pure Theotokos, O Merciful Lord, cleanse us of our 

many sins. 

Hirmos 

O most holy Lady, do not abandon me to any human help. Let the prayer of your servant rise to you. 
Distress is all around me. No longer can I bear the darts of Satan. I have no shelter, no place to hide. I 
have no consolation, except you alone. O Queen of all, you are the hope and protection of all the 
faithful. Do not reject my prayer, but grant what I ask. 



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Ode? 

The youths of Judea who came to Babylon had the power to overcome the flames of the furnace, for 
they believed in the Holy Trinity + and cried out: Blessed are You, O God of our Fathers! 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
In Your desire to save our souls. You dwell in the womb of the Virgin, and established her as the 
intercessor of creation. Blessed are you, O God of our Fathers! 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O most pure Mother, may your prayer go up to the Source of Mercy to Whom you have given birth, so 
that we may be preserved from weakness and impurity, who cry out with faith: Blessed are You, O God 
of our Fathers! 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
You have taken the one who gave You birth, and have established her as a Treasury of Salvation, a 
Source of Immortality, an indestmctible Fortress, a Door Open for Repentance to those who cry out: 
Blessed are You, O God of our Fathers! 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
O Theotokos, who gave us Christ, grant to those who anxiously seek your divinized shelter, that they 
deserve to be healed of the illness of body and soul. 

Ode 8 

Let us praise the King of Heaven Whom the hosts of Angels praise; let us exalt His Name forevermore. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin, do not turn away from those who seek your help; who praise and exalt your maidenhood 
forever. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin, abundant healing flows from you upon all those who sing your wondrous birth with faith and 
praise. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin, you shall heal the sorrows of my soul, you shall cure the illness of my body, and I shall sing 
your praise, O Woman Full of Grace! 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
O Virgin, you drive away the dangers of temptation; you restrain the fire of passion, and so we sing your 
praise forevermore. 

Ode 9 

O Virgin without stain, through whom we have been saved, we proclaim that you are the true Theotokos, 
and with the hosts of Angels we extol your name. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin, despise not the flowing of my tears, for you have given birth to the Lord, Who wipes away all 
tears. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin, be a haven and a help, an indestructible fortress and a harbor, a shelter and a joy to those who 
come to you. 

O most holy Theotokos, save us! 
O Virgin, cast away the darkness of unknowing; enlighten with your rays of light those who proclaim that 
you are truly the Mother of God. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
O Virgin, come to me in this time of pain; raise me from my sickness and restore my health. 

Theotokion 

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Aposticha 

O Gracious One, who pray for all who with faith take refuge in your powerful protection, for we sinners, 
ever in affliction and misery, have no other recourse to God; we are burdened with many sins, Mother of 
God on high. Therefore we prostrate ourselves before you: save your servants from all calamities. 

I will proclaim your name in every generation! 
O Joy of All Who are Troubled, Patroness of Persecuted Ones, and Sustainer of the Hungry, Consoler of 
Wanderers, Harbor of the Storm-tossed, Visitor of All the Sick, Protectress and Patoness of the Weak, 
Staff of the Aged, O Mother of God on high, you are most pure: hasten, we pray, that your servants may 
be saved. 

Hear, O Daughter, and see, and incline your ear! 
Hail, Virgin most pure! Hail, Honored Scepter of Christ the King! Hail, from whom sprouted the Mystical 
Vine! Hail, Gate of Heaven and Unbumabie Bush! Hail, Light of the Universe! Hail, Joy of All! Hail, 
Salvation of the Faithful! Hail, Protectress and Refuge of All Christians! Hail to you, O Queen! 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
Hail, Glory of the Universe! Hail, Temple of the Lord! Hail, Overshadowing Mountain. Hail, Refuge of 
All! Hail, Golden Candelabrum! Hail, Precious Glory of True Believers! Hail, Mary, Mother of Christ our 
God! Hail, Paradise! Hail, Altar Divine! Hail, Entryway! Hail, All-golden Hand! Hail, Hope of All! 

Troparia 

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, since we have no defense, we sinners offer this 

supplication to You, our Master: have mercy on us. 

Glory be. ..Lord, have mercy on us, for in You we place our hope. Be not exceedingly angry with us, nor 

mindful of our transgressions, but even now look upon us with mercy, and deliver us from our enemies. 

For You are our God and we are Your people; we all are the work of Your hands and we call upon Your 

Name. 

Now and ever.. .Open unto us the doors of mercy, O Blessed Mother of God, that we, who place our trust 

in you, may not perish, but that through you we may be delivered from misfortune; for you are the 

salvation of all Christians. 

Prayer to Our Lady 

my most blessed Queen, Defender of the Human Race, Defender and Salvation of all those who 
hasten to you: I know that I have sinned many times and angered the most Good God Who was born of 
you. But I have many examples of those who abused His loving kindness before I did; all were sinners 
who received forgiveness of their sins after confession and penance. Having before my sinful eyes the 
example of those pardoned, and beholding the great mercy of God in receiving them anew, I too, a 
repentant sinner, dare to have recourse to your compassion, O my gracious Queen. Give me your 
helping hand, and obtain from your Son and our God the forgiveness of my grievous sins. 

1 believe and profess that the One you have borne, your Son, is truly Christ, the Son of the Living God, 
the Judge of the Living and the Dead Who will deal with each one according to his deeds. I further 
believe and profess that you are truly the Mother of God, and that in your deep love for the Christian 
people, you are a Fountain of Mercy, the Consolation of the Afflicted, a Haven for the Lost, a powerful 
and constant Advocate before Christ, and the Guarantee of my repentance. 

Truly, there is no help or refuge for mankind besides you, O Merciful Lady. No one who hopes in you is 
ever disappointed; no one who implores God through you is ever forsaken. 

For this reason, I beseech your inexhaustible goodness: open the gates of your mercy to me who have 
sinned and fallen into darkness. Sinful as I am, do not despise me nor reject my appeal; in my 
wretchedness, do not forsake me whom the enemy has seized for destruction. Beseech the merciful 
God, born of you, that He forgive my grievous sins and deliver me from ruin, so that, I too, with all those 
who have been forgiven before, may praise and glorify God's boundless mercy and your unfailing 
intercession for me, both in this life and in the age to come. Amen. 
Recite the Concluding Prayers. 



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Devotional Molebens 

A Moleben is a special service dedicated to Our Lord, the Mother of God, or a saint; it can also 
commemorate a particular season or feastday. Molebens (actual plural spelling: "Molebni") were 
developed by the people in order to express their piety. The service is adapted from the Office of Matins, 
or Morning Prayer When celebrated publically, with a priest officiating, it will also include several 
ektenias (litanies) and usually a Gospel reading. 

Devotional Moleben to Jesus, the Lover of Mankind 

The invocation of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, under the title "Philanthropes", or "Lover of 
Mankind", is an ancient practice of the Church. Its origin is in the East, where the people called upon the 
mercy of Our Lord to temper His judgment as "Pantocrator", or "Judge and Ruler of All. " No parallel 
existed in the Western Church until the mid-seventeenth century, when the people developed the same 
devotion to Our Lord, under the title of "Sacred Heart. " 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 
three Come, let us... 

Troparia 

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. Since we have no defense, we sinners offer this 
supplication to You, our Master, have mercy on us. 

Glory be. .now and ever,..Unconquered King and Lord, we Your creatures and servants sing Your praise 
for having delivered us from eternal death. Since Your mercy is boundless, free us from every danger 
as we sing: O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on us. 

Exaltation 

We extol You, O Life-giving Christ, for You have deigned us to be partakers of the bounties of your love 

for mankind. Repeat after each verse. 

Verse 1 What shall I return to the Lord for all He has given me? 

Verse 2 My heart hopes in Him, and He has helped me. 

Verse 3 A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. 

Verse 4 Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Petitions 

1 O Jesus, Son of the living God, You have revealed the bounties of Your love for mankind; have 
mercy, and save all those who give You glory. 

Refrain O Jesus, Lover of Mankind, have mercy on us. Repeat after each petition. 

2 O Jesus, Son of the living God, Redeemer of our forefathers, and Joy of the saints, have mercy and 
save all those who give You glory. 

3 O Jesus, Son of the living God. most powerful King, and ever-merciful Savior, have mercy and save 
all those who give You glory. 

4 O Jesus, Son of the living God, invincible Strength, and Boundless Mercy, have mercy and save all 
those who give You glory. 

5 O Jesus, Son of the living God, forgive our sins and deliver us from our iniquities; have mercy and 
save all those who give You glory. 

6 O Jesus, Son of the living God, Comfort of Our Souls, and Light of Our Minds, have mercy and save 
all those who give You glory. 

7 O Jesus, Son of the living God, Delight of our Hearts and Strength of our Bodies, have mercy and 
save all those who give You glory. 



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8 O Jesus, Son of the living God, our Hope at the hour of death and Security at the final judgment, have 
mercy on all those who give You glory. 

9 O Jesus, Son of the living God, You surpass all in power and answer every prayer; have mercy on all 
those who give You glory. 

10 O Jesus, Son of the living God, do not judge us according to our deeds, but have mercy and save all 
those who give You glory. 

11 O Jesus, Son of the living God, guard our hearts against all evil passions and vain thoughts; have 
mercy and save all those who give You glory. 

12 O Jesus, Son of the living God, Eternal King, Sun of Justice, Tranquil Light, have mercy and save all 
those who give You glory. 

Prayer of Our Lord, the Lover of Mankind 

God and Lord Jesus Christ, lead us in Your way that we may walk in Your truth. Gladden our hearts 
that we may fear Your holy Name. O Lord, so mighty in Your mercy, so gracious in Your might, assist 
and comfort us; save us, for we put our trust in Your holy Name. In Your wrath, do not let us perish, O 
Lord and Lover of Mankind, but show us Your great mercy and compassion. O Physician and Healer of 
Souls, Most Merciful Savior, forgive all our transgressions; for in the depth of our hearts, we are sorry for 
having offended You. Grant us Your grace, that we may avoid our earlier sinful ways. Give us the 
strength, O Mighty Lord, to withstand the temptations before which we are weak. Keep us under Your 
protection and under the sahdow of Your wings, that we may serve You faithfully, praise You, and glorify 
Your Name + all the days of our life. Amen. 

Recite tlie Concluding Prayers. 

Devotional Moleben to Mary, the Most Holy Virgin 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 
three Come, let us... 

Troparia 

Unto the Mother of God, let us sinners humbly and diligently have recourse now, and bowing low in 
repentance, let us exclaim from the depths of our souls: Gome to our aid, O Queen, and have 
compassion on us; hasten for we perish from our many sins; turn not from your rewardless servants, for 
you we have as our peerless protectress. 

Glory be. ..Now and ever...O Mother of God, we, although unworthy, shall never cease to proclaim your 
might, for if you should no longer intercede for us, who would deliver us from countless misfortunes? 
Who would preserve us in freedom until this day? We shall not abandon you, O Queen, for you, who are 
unsurpassed in blessedness, always save your servants from all calamities. 

Supplications 

1 Rejoice, most blessed Virgin Mary, ever-merciful Mother of God, and save all who have recourse to 
you. 

Refrain O most blessed Theotokos, save us. Repeat after each supplication. 

2 Rejoice, O Mother of Christ our God, and save all who have recourse to you. 

3 Rejoice, O Mother of etemal love and save all who have recourse to you. 

4 Rejoice, O Mother of God's grace, and save all who have recourse to you. 

5 Rejoice, Virgin immaculately conceived, and save all who have recourse to you. 

6 Rejoice, Virgin more radiant than the Cherubim, and save all who have recourse to you. 

7 Rejoice, Virgin more glorious than the Seraphim, and save all who have recourse to you. 

8 Rejoice, O Mary, untainted dove, and save all who have recourse to you. 

9 Rejoice, O Mary, fragrant flower of immortality, and save all who have recourse to you. 

10 Rejoice, O Mary, benevolent sustainer of virgins, and save all who have recourse to you. 



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11 Rejoice, O Mary, canopy more boundless than the heavens, and save all who have recourse to you. 

12 Rejoice, O Mary, intercessor before the impartial Judge, and save all who have recourse to you. 

13 Rejoice, O Mary, comfort of the sorrowful, and save all who have recourse to you. 

14 Rejoice, O Mary, refuge of sinners, and save all who have recourse to you. 

15 Rejoice, O Mary, mediatrix who did not abandon us after your donmition, and save all who have 
recourse to you. 

16 Rejoice, O Mary, unparalleled in purity and blessedness, and save all who have recourse to you. 

Stichera 

O Gracious One, you pray for all who with faith take refuge in your powerful protection, for we sinners, 
ever in affliction and misery, have no other recourse to God; we are burdened with many sins, Mother of 
God on high. Therefore, we prostrate ourselves before you: save your servants from all calamaities. 

I shall proclaim your name in every generation. 
O joy of all who are troubled, patroness of persecuted ones, and sustainer of the hungry, consoller of 
wanderers, harbor of the storm-tossed, visitor of ail the sicl<;, protectress and patroness of the weal<;, staff 
of the aged, O Mother of God, on high you are most pure; hasten, we pray, that your servants may be 
saved. 

Hear, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear. 
Hail, Virgin most pure, hail honored scepter of Christ the King. Hail, from whom sprouted the Mystical 
Vine. Hail, gate of heaven and unbumable bush. Hail, light of the universe. Hail, joy of all. Hail, 
salvation of the faithful. Hail, protectress and refuge of all Christians. Hail, to you, O Queen. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
Hail, glory of the universe. Hail, temple of the Lord. Hail, overshadowing mountain. Hail, refuge of all. 
Hail, golden candleabrum. Hail, precious glory of orthodox believers. Hail, Mary, Mother of Christ our 
God. Hail, paradise. Hail, altar divine. Hail, entryway. Hail, all-golden hand. Hail, hope of all. 

Prayer to Our Lady, the Theotokos 

O our ever-gracious Queen, our hope, Theotolcos, Comfort of Orphans, the Harbor of the Harborless, 
the Joy of the Suffering, the Refuge of the Despise, behold our trial, behold our tribulation and help us 
since we are without shelter. Beholding our destitution, loosen our bonds, if you will; for we have no help 
but you, no other refuge, no kindly comfort but You, O Theotokos. You will guard and protect us forever 
and ever. Amen. 

Recite the Concluding Prayer. 

Devotional Moleben for the Christmas Fast (Advent) 

The Christmas Fast, also known as Philipfast (as it begins after the Feast of St. Philip), or Advent begins 
on November 15. Like the Great Fast of Lent, it covers a period of forty days. During the celebration of 
the Moleben, a candle, decorated with Christmas greenery and placed near an icon of either the Nativity 
of Our Lord, or of Our Lady of the Sign, may be lit. 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction; the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the Come, let us 
adore... prayers maybe taken or deleted. 

Troparia 

Prepare youself, O Bethlehem; reopen yourself to all, O Eden; adom yourself, O Ephrathah; for in a cave 
the Tree of Life blossomed forth from a Virgin. Her womb revealed itself to be the mystical paradise, in 
which the Divine Plant grows, and eating thereof, we shall live and not die as did Adam. For Christ is 
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Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today, the Virgin comes to the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the 
Etemal Word. O universe, having heard this news, rejoice, and together with the angels and shepherds 
glorify Him, Who - though He be the Etemal God - has willed to appear as a newborn Babe. 

Magnification 

We magnify You, O life-giving Christ, Who for our sake was born according to the flesh from the most 

pure and immaculate Virgin Mary. Repeat after each verse. 

Verse 1 Shout joyfully to the Lord all the earth; sing praise to His name, give to Him glorious praise. 

Verse 2 The Lord has sent deliverance to His people. 

Verse 3 And I shall make Him the first-bom, high above earthly kings. 

Verse 4 And all the kings of the earth shall adore Him. 

Verse 5 Before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten You. The Lord has sworn, and He will not 

repent. 

Verse 6 Blessed + be the Lord forever! Amen, and Amen! 

Verse 7 Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Supplication 

1 Let heaven above rejoice, and let the clouds sprinkle truth; let the earth germinate and bring forth the 
Savior. 

Come, O Jesus, our Savior; redeem and save us. Repeat after eacti supplication. 

2 O Christ the Savior, our true God, come to us and save us! 

3 O Christ the Savior, the Incarnate Son of the Eternal God, come to us and save us! 

4 O Christ the Savior, marvelous Fruit of the Holy Spirit, come to us and save us! 

5 O Christ the Savior, most holy Fruit of the most pure Virgin, come to us and save us! 

6 O Christ the Savior, the Beginning of our salvation, come to us and save us! 

7 O Christ the Savior, the bright Sun of the worid, come to us and save us! 

8 O Christ the Savior, the burning Thirst of the patriarchs, come to us and save us! 

9 O Christ the Savior, the glorious Vision of the prophets, come to us and save us! 

10 O Christ the Savior, the resplendent Star of Bethlehem, come to us and save us! 

Stichera 

Prepare, O Bethlehem, and let the manger make ready and the cave receive; for Truth has come, and 
the shadow has passed. God has appeared to mankind from the Virgin, taking upon Himself our likeness 
and deifying our nature. Wherefore, Adam and Eve are made new and proclaim: "Goodwill has 
appeared on earth to save our race!" 

God will come from the south, and the Holy One from the over-shadowed mountaintop. 
Now the time has come for the ancient prophecy that has been mystically uttered to be fulfilled. "And 
you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the princes. For you have 
prepared the cave; from you shall come to us a Leader of nations, incarnate of a Virgin. He is Christ 
God, Who shall govem His people, the new Israel." Let us all, therefore, extol His greatness! 

O Lord, I have heard Your voice, and I was afraid. 
Rejoice, O Bethlehem, and you Ephrathah, make ready! For, the God-Bearer comes to the cave and to 
the manger to give birth in an ineffable manner to God. O what a wondrous mystery that Your divine 
nativity is already being celebrated by the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and by all the prophets, 
together with mankind and the angels! 

Glory be... 
What shall we give to You, O Christ, Who for our sake did appear on earth as a man? Every creature 
You created offers You thanksgiving: the angels sing praises; the heavens - the star; the Magi - gifts; the 
widlerness - a manger, and we men - a Virgin Mother. Therefore, O Etemal God, have mercy on us! 

Now and ever... 
Come, let us praise the Mother of the Savior who remained a Virgin even after she gave birth, saying: 
"Rejoice, O living city of our King and God, in which Christ dwelt and effected our salvation!" Let us with 



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Gabriel praise her and with the shepherds glorify her, saying: "O God-Bearer, implore Him Who was 
incamate of you, to save us!" 

Prayer of the Christmas Fast 

O Lord, our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we who are sinners hasten to You and humbly 
implore You, that You would reveal to us Your great mercy just as You have foretold through Your 
prophet Isaiah: "Let heaven above rejoice, and let the clouds sprinkle truth; let the earth gemriinate and 
bring forth the Savior!" Send Christ, Your Only-Begotten Son, into our hearts so that, redeemed by Him, 
we may not perish but be saved. For great is Your mercy, love and grace, always +, now and ever and 
forever. Amen. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

Devotional Moleben to St. Nicholas of Myra 

Although prayed on or near the feast of St. Nicholas of Myra (December 6), this devotional moleben may 
be prayed at any time. 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction; the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the Come, let us 
adore... prayers may be taken or deleted. 

God the Lord 

God the Lord has revealed Himself to us; Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. Repeat 

after each verse. 

Verse 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His love endures forever. 

Verse 2 They encircled me, encompassed me about; in the Lord's name, I crushed them. 

Verse 3 I shall not die, I shall live and recount the deeds of the Lord. 

Verse 4 The stone which the builders rejected has become the comerstone. This is the work of the 

Lord, and a marvel in our eyes. 

Troparia 

The sincerity of your deeds has revealed you to your people as a teacher of moderation, a model of faith, 
and an example of virtue. Therefore, you attained greatness through humiity, and wealth through 
poverty. O Father and Archbishop Nicholas, ask Christ our God to save our souls. 
Glory be.. .now and ever...O Mother of God, the mystery hidden from all eternity and unknown even to 
the angels was revealed through you to those on earth. God took on our human nature and united it to 
His nature in a perfect but unconfused union. Then He willingly accepted the Cross for our sake, and 
thereby raised again the first created man, and saved our souls from death. 

Praises 

O Nicholas, O Bishop of Christ, we magnify you and honor your holy memory. Pray to Christ our God for 

us. Repeat after each verse. 

Verse 1 The mouth of the just man tells of wisdom and his tongue utters what Is right. 

Verse 2 The just man will rejoice in the Lord and will put his trust in Him! 

Verse 3 Happy are they who dwell in Your house, forever singing Your praises! 

Verse 4 You have crowned him with glory and honor. 

Psalm 50/51 

Recite Psalm 50/51. 



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First Ode 

O living and self-contained fountain! O Theotokos! Strengthen those who sing to you; the choir which 
has assembled in spirit for the praise of your glory. Make it truly worthy of the crown of glory. 

O holy father Nicholas, pray to God for us. 
O father Nicholas, no one who seeks the shelter of your trust goes away empty-handed. O Nicholas, 
those who greet you receive aid. Give me your aid as well, O all-blessed one. 

O holy father Nicholas, pray to God for us. 
O venerable father, the angels marvel at your ardent care. The people rejoice because they have been 
delivered from diabolical temptations. For this we sing praise to you, O praiseworthy Nicholas. 

Glory be... 
You are a haven and an armor of invulnerability against the devil. You are a fort for Christians and an 
inspiration for priests. Hail, O miracle-worker; O wonderful Father Nicholas you are the calm harbor for 
the storm-tossed. 

Now and ever... 
O Theotokos, you conceived your own Creator, and then gave birth to the Lord and Creator of all. Beg 
Him to lead us from temptation. For you do everything you will because you are the kind mother of the 
gracious Lord. 

Second Ode 

By divine inspiration we celebrate this holy and precious feast of God's mother. Come, clap your hands 
and let us praise the God she bore. 

O holy father Nicholas, pray to God for us. 
You have become a second Apostle Peter, and a friend of Christ, O father Nicholas. Hail, for you are a 
pillar of the Church and a miraculous trumptet. You work miracles and resound with the Holy Spirit. O 
father Nicholas, we continuously sing to you. 

O holy father Nicholas, pray to God for us. 
You appeared in a dream to the pious king Constantine and the Bishop Flavius heard your warning about 
the three men who were to be executed unjustly. He immediately commanded them to be released. 
Hail, he cried to you, O venerable Father Nicholas. 

Glory be... 
You became the pilot of that floundering ship at sea. Put good thoughts in my mind and heart when I 
am tossed on the waves by the devils' thoughts. Hail, I perseveringly praise you, O praiseworthy 
Nicholas. 

Now and ever... 
Hail, O most pure Vigin. Hail, fortress of the world. Hail, to you who gave birth to a Son who is the God 
of all; now implore Him, immaculate Theotokos. 

Third Ode 

Let everyone on earth dance for joy in spirit. The heavenly ranks celebrate in honor the sacred feast. O 
Theotokos, let them cry out to you; hail, ever-blessed Mother of God and pure perpetual virgin. 

O holy father Nicholas, pray to God for us. 
Sinful desires and the piercing arrows of the father of lies possess me. Hoping for your protection, O 
father Nicholas, I run to you. Chase the deceitfulness of the evil one from me, so that I may sing to you: 
Hail, O Nicholas. 

O holy father Nicholas, pray to God for us. 
You made a fool of Arius. You stamped out the blaze of heresy. You rescued the generals chained in 
prison. They praise you and we sing to you: hail, Nicholas, all-blessed one. 

Glory be... 
You heard the prayer of Agrica, and rescued his son, Basil, from Amira. You restored him from the 
Saracenes to his parents safe and sound. You also pray for me. Free my soul from the fire of hell, for it 
is covered with sin and is badly grieved, O Nicholas. 

Now and ever... 



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You are the Queen that gave birth to the King of the universe. You bore Him Who bears all creation. 
Save me, most holy Lady, for I praise you. 

Hirmos 

Recite the Common Hirmos. 

Troparia 

The sincerity of your deeds has revealed you to your people as a teacher of moderation, a model of faith, 
and an example of virtue. Therefore, you attained greatness through humilty, and v^ealth through 
poverty. O Father and Archbishop Nicholas, ask Christ our God to save our souls. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .To the one who was raised in the Temple, close to the Holy of Holies, and who 
was full of faith, wisdom and perfect virginity; Gabriel, the captain and leader, offered esteem and 
greetings from heaven when he said: "Rejoice, O Blessed One! Rejoice, O Glorified One! The Lord is 
with you!" 

Prayer to St Nicholas 

O Saint Nicholas, bountiful Father and special Patron of our Byzantine Catholic Church, you are a 
shepherd and teacher to all who invoke your protection, and who, by devout prayer, call upon you for aid. 
Hasten and save the flock of Christ from ravenous wolves, and by your holy prayers protect all Christians 
and save them from woridy disturbances, earthqualces. attacks from abroad, from internal strife, from 
famine, flood, fire, sword, and sudden death. As you had mercy on those three men in prison and saved 
them from the king's wrath, now also have mercy on me who, by word, deed, and thought, have sunk into 
the darkness of sin. Save me from the just anger of God, and from etemal punishment. Through your 
intercession and aid, as well as through His own mercy and grace, may Christ our God allow me to lead 
a tranquil and sinless life, and save me from standing at His left, but deem me worthy to stand at His 
right with all the saints. Amen. 

Recite tlie Concluding Prayers. 

Devotional Moleben for the Great Fast (Lent) 

r/ie Great Fast (Lent) begins on Pure Monday, the day following Cheesefare Sunday. 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 
three Come, let us... 

Psalm 50/51 

Recite Psalm 50/51. 

Troparia 



Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. Since we have no defense, we sinner offer this 

supplication to You, our Master, have mercy on us. 

Glory be. ..Lord, have mercy on us, for in You we place our hope. Be not exceedingly angry with us, nor 

mindful of our transgressions, but even now look upon us with mercy, and deliver us from our enemies. 

For You are our God, and we are Your people; we all are the wori< of Your Hands, and we call upon Your 

Name. 

Now and ever.. .Open unto us the doors of mercy, O blessed Mother of God, that we who place our trust 

in you may not perish, but that, through you, we may be delivered from misfortune, for you are the 

salvation of all Christians. 



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The Beatitudes 

Remember us, O Lord, when You come into Your kingdom. Repeat after each petition. 

1 Blessed are the poor in spirit, the kingdom of God is theirs. 

2 Blessed are the sorrowing; they shall be consoled. 

3 Blessed are the lowly, they shall inherit the land. 

4 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness, they shall have their fill. 

5 Blessed are they who show mercy, mercy shall be theirs. 

6 Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall see God. 

7 Blessed are the peace-makers, they shall be called sons of God. 

8 Blessed are those persecuted for the sake of holiness, the kingdom of God is theirs. 

9 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you, and utter every kind of slander against you 
because of Me. 

10 Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven. 

11 Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Repeat the Remember us, O Lord three times. 

Prayer of the Great Fast 

O Lord Almighty, God of powers and of all flesh, You dwell on high, but watch over the humble. You 
search the heart and the innermost being of man, and clearly perceive his secrets. O Eternal and Ever- 
Existent Light, in You there is no change nor even a shadow of change. O Immortal King, accept our 
prayers which at this present moment depend upon the multitude of Your mercies, and which we offer to 
You from defiled lips. Forgive our transgressions committed in word, deed, or thought, committed with 
knowledge or through thoughtlessness. Cleanse us from every kind of defilement of body and soul, and 
grant that we approach all the nights of this present life with a watchful heart and sound judgment, 
awaiting the glorious coming and day of revelation of Your only-begotten Son, Our Lord, God and Savior 
Jesus Christ who will come with glory as Judge of all, granting to everyone according to their deeds. Let 
us not fall and become slothful, but rather, help us to be on guard and ready for good works. Let us turn 
from our former ways and be ready to joyfully accompany Him into the divine inner-chamber, where the 
sound of rejoicing never ceases, and where there is indescribable delight in those who behold the 
inexpressible goodness of Your countenance. For You are the True Light that enlightens and sanctifies 
all things, and all creation praises you + forever and ever. Amen. 

The Prayer of St Ephrem 

O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. 

Prostration. 
Instead, grant to me. Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and 
love. 

Prostration. 
O Lord and King, grant to me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother, for You are 
blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 
O God, be merciful (+ and bow) to me a sinner. O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy (+ and 
bow) on me. O Lord, forgive me, for I have sinned (+ and bow) without number. Repeat four times. 
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me. Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble- 
mindedness, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant to me the grace to be aware of my sins and not 
to judge my brother, for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 



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Meditative and Devotional Rosaries 

A rosary is an instrument whicti is utilized in the prayerful act of meditation. Its use In Christianity is 
extremely ancient, with records of its employment extending back for 1700 years and earlier Praying 
with a rosary is not merely an exercise in repetitive prayer; such a practice is futile and condemned by 
Our Lord: "Not everyone who say to Me, 'Lord, Lord', shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who 
does the will of Afy Father in heaven" (Mat. 7:21). Scripture also warns against "vain repetition" of 
prayers. Rather, the use of rosaries fulfills Paul's directive to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). 

The Jesus Rosary 

The Jesus Prayer: O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner; is one of the most 
ancient prayers in Christianity. A truly meditative prayer, its use became widely popular among the 
desert monks of the Eastern Church and, from there, it spread among the laity. In its simplest form, it is 
called the "Prayer of the 300" because it is meditated 300 times. The desert monks invented a rosary to 
help in this meditation; at first, it consisted of pebbles placed in one pocket and transferred to another 
Eventually, the rosary became a collection of beads or knots connected by a string. As the Jesus Rosary 
evolved, it began to include other invocations to the Theotokos and the Saints. The Jesus Prayer, along 
with its rosary, is again becoming popular among the faithful; the Vatican issued a document encouraging 
its use for Christians of both the East and the West While the Jesus Rosary calls for the recitation of the 
Jesus Prayer 300 times, and other invocations 200 times, it must be remembered that the Jesus Prayer, 
which leads the faithful to a more contemplative union with the Divine, can and should be prayed as 
many times as possible thoughout the day. 

Prayers of the Jesus Rosary 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, Psalm 50/51, and the Nicene Creed. 

Pray and meditate upon the Jesus Prayer 300 times: 

O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. 

Pray and meditate upon the following invocation to the Mother of God 100 times: 
O Mary, Mother of God, intercede with God for me, a sinner. 

Pray and meditate upon the following invocation to a saint(s) of one's own choosing 50 times: 
Saint , intercede with God for me, a sinner. 

Pray and meditate upon the following invocation 50 times: 
Ail you angels and saints, intercede with God for me, a sinner. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

The Rosary of Mary, the Theotokos 

The Rosary of the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary developed in the West. The rosary became a popular 
instrument among the illiterate laity who wished to pray the Psalter, or Book of Psalms. However, only 
the educated monastics and clerics were able to secure or read the Psalter. The laity, in place of the 150 
Psalms, prayed the Lord's Prayer A rosary assisted in this endeavor Eventually, the Angelic Salutation 
became the predominate prayer As this rosary evolved, especially through the Order of Preachers, or 
Dominicans, meditations or "mysteries" revolving around the life of Jesus Christ and His Mother were 
added to further assist the person praying with the rosary. In the eighteenth century, the Rosary of Mary 
spread throughout the Eastern Catholic Churches. Today, it is a universal devotion, and its use has 
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Opening Prayers 

Recite the Sign of the Cross. 

Recite the following prayer: 

O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards 

of eternal salvation, grant - we beseech You - that, by meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy 

rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, 

through the grace, the mercy and the loving-kindness of Your only-begotten Son, with Whom You are 

blessed +, together with Your all-holy gracious and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Recite the Nicene Creed. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation three times. 

Recite the Doxology. 

Recite the Following Fatima Prayer: 

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls into heaven, especially 

those in most need of Your Mercy. 

Then meditate upon the mysteries as indicated, along with their accompanying troparia. 

At the conclusion of the rosary, recite the Prayer to the Holy Protection, and the Concluding Prayers. 

The Joyful Mysteries 

The Joyful Mysteries are normally prayed Monday (the day of the Holy Angels) and on Tuesday (the day 
of St. John the Forerunner). They are also prayed on weekdays (except Saturday) from Christmas until 
January 5, and on the Feastdays of the Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8), St. Michael the 
Archangel and All the Heavenly Angels (November 8), the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple 
(November 21), St. Nicholas of Myra (December 6), the Conception of St. Anne (December 8 or 9), the 
Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon (February 2), the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25), and the 
Nativity of St. John the Forerunner (June 24). 

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ to the 
Theotokos 

Today is the fountain-head of salvation and the revelation of an eternal mystery: the Son of God 
becomes a virgin's Son, and Gabriel announces this grace. Therefore, let us exclaim with him to the 
Mother of God: Hail, Woman Full of Grace, the Lord is with you! 

Recite the Lord's Prayer. 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
O Mother of God, we your servants, sing a hymn of thanks to you, a hymn of triumph to a valiant leader; 
for you have delivered us from all peril. We now exclaim to you: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure! 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Our Lady, the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary 

Elizabeth carried the Forerunner of grace, and the Virgin carried the Lord of glory. When the mothers 
greeted each other, the infant leaped for joy, for even within the womb, the servant praised the Master. 
The mother of the Forerunner was amazed and sang out: "How have I deserved that the mother of my 
Lord has come to me? Glory to Him Who with great mercy saves a despairing people." 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
Elizabeth said to the Virgin Mary: "How is it that the Mother of my God has come to me? You bear the 
King, and I, a soldier. You bearthe Lawgiver, and I, a preacher of the law. You bearthe Word, and I the 
voice who announces the kingdom of heaven." 



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Recite the Fatima Prayer. 

The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

Your birth, O Christ our God, has shed upon the world the light of l<nowledge; for through it, those who 
worshiped the stars have learned from a star to worship You, the Sun of Justice, and to recognize You as 
the Orient on High. Glory be to You, O Lord. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
Today the Virgin gives birth to Perfect Essence and the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible. The 
Angels sing His glory with the shepherds; the wise men journey with the star, for there is born for us an 
Infant Child, God Eternal. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Encounter with Simeon of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

Hail, Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. From you has shown forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, 
shining upon those who are in darkness. Rejoice, also you just Elder, Simeon; for you received in your 
arms the Redeemer of our souls. Who has given us resurrection. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
O Christ our God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; and blessed, as it was proper, the 
hands of Simeon. Today, You have come to bring us deliverance. Give peace to nations at war, and 
strengthen our civil authorities; for You alone love mankind. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

God the Word, the Source of Life, now becomes a little child; He shall be the downfall of the disobedient 
and the rising of those who sing to Him in faith: O all you works of the Lord, bless the Lord and glorify 
Him above all forever. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
Multitudes of angels tremble before Him who is God and Creator of the Law. O people of the only 
Benefactor and Giver of the Law, let us gather together and praise Him for He is the salvation of our 
souls. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Sorrowful Mysteries 

The Sorrowful Mysten'es are prayed on Wedneday and Friday (the days of the Holy Cross); all weel<days, 
except Saturday, during the Great Fast of Lent, and on the Feasts of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross 
(September 14), and the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner (August 29). 

The First Sorrowful Mystery; The Agony in the Garden of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

Judas, the deceitful traitor, betrayed the Lord and Savior with a deceiving kiss and he sold the Master of 
all as a slave to the transgressors. The Lamb of God, the Son of the Father, went as a sheep to the 
slaughter; for He alone is rich in mercy. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 



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Judas, servant and deceiver, disciple and traitor, friend and false accuser was revealed by his deeds. 
He gave Christ a kiss and handed him over. The Lord went as a sheep to the slaughter, for He alone is 
compassionate and loves mankind. 
Recite the Fatima Prayer. 

The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scouraging at the Pillar of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus 
Christ 

The Lamb, Whom Isaiah proclaimed, goes of His own will to the slaughter. He allows His back to be 
scourged and His cheeks to receive blows. Though sinless. He accepts all of these sufferings willingly, 
that He may grant to ail resurrection from the dead. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer. 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
You were struck on the face for the sake of mankind, yet. You were not moved to anger; deliver our life 
from corruption, O Lord, and save us. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with thorns of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus 
Christ 

Patiently, O Lord, You cried out: "Although you smite the Shepherd and scatter the twelve sheep, yet I 
could call to My aid more than twelve legions of angels. But, in My patience, I suffer, that the hidden 
secrets I made know to you through My prophets may be fulfilled." 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
i see Your bridal chamber adorned, O my Savior, and I have no wedding garment that will permit me to 
enter therein. Make the robe of my soul brilliant, O Giver of Light, and save me. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross by Our Lord God and Savior Jesus 
Christ 

You were led as a sheep to the slaughter, O Christ our King, and as an innocent Lamb you were nailed to 
the Cross by wicked men for our sins, in Your love for mankind. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
Direct my steps as You promised; never let wrong-doing master me. Rescue me from oppression, that I 
may observe Your precepts. Smile with favor on Your servant and teach me to know Your will. Let my 
mouth be filled with Your praise, O Lord, that I may sing Your glory, and the splendor of Your majesty, all 
the day long. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance. Grant victory to Your Church over her enemies, 
and protect Your people by Your Cross. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
Willingly raised upon the cross, O Christ our God, You bestowed Your mercies upon a new people 
bearing Your name. With Your power grant joy to our Church, giving her victory over enemies, with the 
invincible standard. Your weapon of peace, ail an ally. 



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Recite the Fatima Prayer. 

The Glorious Mysteries 

The Glorious Mysteries are prayed on Thursday (the day of the Holy Disciples), arid on all Sundays (the 
day of Resurrection) and on all Saturdays (the day of all the saints), and on all weekdays from Easter 
Sunday until All Saints Sunday (The Sunday after Pentecost Sunday); as well as on the Feasts of the 
Protection of the Theotokos (October 1), the Theophany of Our Lord and its postfestive (January 6 
though January 14), Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29), the Transfiguration of Our Lord and its postfestive 
(August 6 though August 13), and the Dormition of the Theotokos and its postfestive (August 15 through 
August 23). 

The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed the Abyss by the radiance of Your 
divinity. And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, all heavenly Powers cried out: "O 
Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory be to You." 

Recite the Lord's Prayer. 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
Although You descended into the grave, O Immortal One, You destroyed the power of Death. You arose 
again as a victor, O Christ God, You announced to the women bearing ointment: "Rejoice!" You gave 
peace to Your apostles and resurrection to the Fallen. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer. 

The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God; You delighted the Disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit. 
Through this blessing they were assured that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the World. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer. 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
When You fulfilled the plan of salvation for us and united all things on earth to those in heaven, O Christ 
our God, You ascended in glory, never leaving us, but remaining ever-present. For You proclaimed to 
those who love You: "I am with you and no one else has power over you." 

Recite the Fatima Prayer. 

The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit 

Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You filled the fishermen with wisdom, sending down upon them the 
Holy Spirit. Through them You have caught the whole worid in Your net. O Lover of Mankind, glory be 
to You. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer. 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
When the Most High descended and confused tongues. He scattered the people; but when He distributed 
the tongues of fire. He called all men to unity. Therefore, with one voice, let us praise the Most Holy 
Spirit. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer. 

The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Dormition of Our Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary 

O Mother of God, in giving birth you still preserved virginity, and in your failing-asleep you did not 
forsake the worid. You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, and through your prayers 
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Recite the Lord's Prayer. 

Recite ttie Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite ttie Doxology. 
The grave and death did not detain the Mother of God. She prays perpetually and is our unfailing hope 
of intercession; for He Who dwelt in the womb of the ever-Virgin, transferred to life the Mother of Life. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer. 

The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronoation of Our Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary 

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, the faithful people solemnly celebrate today, and gazing 
upon your immaculate image, they humbly say: "Watch over us with your noble protection, and deliver 
us from all evil by asking your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls." 

Recite the Lord's Prayer 

Recite the Angelic Salutation ten times. 

Recite the Doxology. 
Today the Virgin is present in the Church and with the armies of Saints invisibly prays to God for us. The 
Angels worship with the Archangels and the Apostles rejoice with the Prophets, because in our behalf, 
the Mother of God prays to the Eternal God. 

Recite the Fatima Prayer 

The Rosary of Divine Mercy 

The Rosary of Divine Mercy developed in the West, although it incorporated certain Eastern Christian 
prayers. It became popular in the 1930's, and received Church approval in 1978. Commemorating the 
Passion, Crucifixion, Death and Burial of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ for the sake of mercy to 
the world, it is normally prayed at 3:00 p.m., but may be prayed at anytime. 

Recite the Sign of the Cross. 

Recite the Lord's Prayer, the Angelic Salutation and the Nicene Creed. 

Recite the following prayer: 

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord 

Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. 

Then recite, ten times, the following prayer: 

For the sake of His sorrowfuiy passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

Repeat this formula five times. 

At the conclusion, recite the Trisagion with the phrase: 

...and on the whole world 

at the end of each of the three invocations. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 



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Evening and Morning Prayer 

The Cycle of Prayer 

According to sacred Tradition, custom and Church Law, the "liturgical day" is the twenty-four hour period. 
It extends from sunset to sunset, and not from midnight to midnight The basis for this ancient tradition is 
found in the Bool< of Genesis, where each day of creation was described as "evening and morning, the 
first day" and the days that followed. The Jewish children of Israel - the Chosen People of God - 
worshiped in this manner from their very beginnings. The First Christians, following their Jewish origins, 
also worshiped in this way and continued to do so even after their eventual split with Judaism. 
For centuries, the Catholic Church of both the East and the West literally followed this pattern and did not 
begin the first worship service of the day until the sun had set Eventually, especially after the industrial 
period, specific times became designated for the beginning of the new day in the late afternoon or early 
evening. Today, specifically in North America, the Church considers the liturgical day to last from four 
o'clock p.m. until four o'clock p.m. the following day. 

The Western Church, over the past few centuries, became more lax in enforcing this tradition, a situation 
that was not totally corrected until the late 1960's. The Eastern Church, however, always maintained this 
Tradition according to the strictest interpretation of liturgical law. 

Because the "new day" begins at sunset (again - at four o'clock p.m.; Evening Prayer can begin at any 
time after this), the first service of the day is Evening Prayer When fully celebrated in a church setting, 
the Office of Vespers is taken. In Evening Prayer, thanksgiving is offered for the conclusion of another 
day, and the blessing and protection of the Lord is invoked for the new day. In Morning Prayer, 
thanksgiving is offered for a restful night and the new day is dedicated. 

Evening Prayer 

If possible. Evening Prayer should be preceded by a period of quiet spiritual reading, with even young 
children participating. This period should normally last about fifteen minutes; more time may be utilized is 
so-desired. If praying in a family or group setting, one member may be designated as a "leader" who 
begins the Prayer with the Sign of the Cross and the rest answering. The leader would also recite the 
Doxology at the end of the Lord's Prayer, and the final blessing (Through the prayers of our holy 
Fathers.. J at the conclusion. This role of leader may be rotated among every member of the family or 
group. Also, the four prayers following the Examination of Conscience may each be recited by different 
individuals, again rotating. 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction. 

The Troparia of the Evening 

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. Since we have no defense, we sinners offer this 

supplication to You, our Master: have mercy on us. 

Glory be. ..Lord, have mercy on us, for in You we place our hope. Be not exceedingly angry with us nor 

mindful of our transgressions, but even now look upon us with mercy and deliver us from our enemies. 

For You are our God and we are Your people; we all are the work of Your hands and we call upon Your 

Name. 

Now and ever.. .Open unto us the doors of mercy, O blessed Mother of God, that we, who place our trust 

in you, may not perish, but that through you we may be delivered from misfortune. For you are the 

salvation of all Christians. 

The Examination of Conscience 

Take a few minutes for an examination of conscience. Following the examination, continue with: 



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Lord, have mercy. Twelve times. 

The First Prayer 

O eternal God and Ruler of all creation, You have allowed me to reach this hour. Forgive the sins I have 
this day committed by word, deed or thought. Purify me, O Lord, from every spiritual and physical stain. 
Grant me to rise from this sleep to glorify You by my deeds thoughout my entire life and that I be 
victorious over every spiritual and physical enemy which fights against me. Deliver me, O Lord, from all 
vain thoughts and evil desires, for Yours, Father +, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the kingdom and the power 
and the glory, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Second Prayer 

O loving Mother of our most gracious King, O pure and blessed Virgin Mary, pour forth into my restless 
soul the grace of your Son, our God. Lead me by your prayers to salutary deeds that I might spend my 
whole life without fault and attain paradise through you, O Virgin Theotolcos; for you are pure and blessed 
forever. Amen. 

The Third Prayer 

O Guardian Angel, protector of my soul and body, to your care I have been entrusted by Christ. Obtain 
for me the forgiveness of the sins committed by me this day. Protect me from the snares of my enemy 
that I may never more offend God by sin. Pray for me, your sinful and unworthy sep*/ant, that through 
your help I may become worthy of the grace and mercy of the Most Holy Trinity + and of the immaculate 
Mother of our Lord God, Jesus Christ. Amen. 

The Fourth Prayer 

We are yours, O Theotokos. Since you have delivered us from all tribulations we give thanks to you by 
dedicating our songs of victory to you, O Saving Champion. In your invincible might deliver us from all 
dangers that we may exclaim to you: Hail, full of grace! Amen. 

The Hymn of the Evening 

O joyful Light! Light and Holy Glory of the Father immortal, the heavenly, holy, the Blessed One: O 
Jesus Christ. Now that we have reached the setting of the sun and see the evening light, we sing to 
God, Father +, Son and Holy Spirit. It is fitting at all times to raise a song of praise in measured melody 
to You, O Son of God, the Giver of Life. Behold, the universe sings Your glory! 

The Troparia of the Day 

Recite the proper troparia of the day, including the tropan'on, kontakion and - if given - theotokion. 

The Prayer to the Holy Protection 

Recite the Prayer to the Holy Protection. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

If it is the season of the Great Fast of Lent, recite the Prayer of St. Ephrem. 

Morning Prayer 

If prayed as a family or in a group, a "leader" may again be selected, according to the guidelines under 
Evening Prayer. 



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Recite the Prayers of Introduction. 

The Troparia of the Morning 

Awakening from sleep I worship You, O blessed God, and offer the angelic hymn to You, O powerful 

Lord; holy, holy, holy are You, O God! Through the intercession of Your heavenly hosts, have mercy on 

me. 

Glory be...O Lord, You have lifted me up from my bed and from sleep, now enlighten my mind; open my 

heart and my lips that I may sing to You, Holy Trinity +: holy, holy, holy are You O God! Through the 

prayers of all Your saints, have mercy on me. 

Now and ever.. .The Judge shall come suddenly and the deeds of all shall be brought to light. In fear, I 

cry out at the break of day: holy, holy, holy are You, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, 

have mercy on me. 

Lord, have mercy. Twelve times. 

Morning Prayer to the Holy Trinity 

I give thanks to You, O Holy Trinity +, because of Your great goodness and endless patience. You did 
not become angry with me, a slothful and sinful being; nor did You destroy me because of my 
transgressions. But, as always. You have shown Your love for mankind and have raised me up as I lay 
in despair so that I might recite the morning prayers and sing the praises of Your power. Enlighten the 
eyes of my understanding so that I may meditate on Your words, understand Your commandments, and 
accomplish Your will. Open my mouth so that I may sing to you in sincere praise, and that I may 
proclaim Your most holy Name, Father*, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Come, let us adore + the King, our God. 

Come, let us adore + Christ the King and our God. 

Come, let us adore and bow down + to the only Lord Jesus Christ, the King and our God. 

Psalm 50/51 

Recite Psalm 50/51. 

The Nicene Creed 

Recite the Nicene Creed. 

The First Prayer - Monday 

Prayers One through Seven are taken on different days of the week; prayers Eight through Eleven are 
taken every day. 

O God, cleanse me, a sinner, for I have done but little good before You. Deliver me from evil and may 
Your will be done in me that I may open my lips without blame and praise the holy Name of the Father +, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

The Second Prayer - Tuesday 

Awakening from sleep, O Savior, I offer to You a hymn at the break of day. Bowing + before you, I 
exclaim: Do not allow me to die in sin, but, O Lord, Who was willingly crucified, have mercy on me. 
Raise me up, strengthen me in prayer and perseverence and, after the night's seep, grant me a day 
without sin, O Christ our God, and + save me. Amen. 

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Awakening from sleep, I hasten to You, O Master and Lover of Mankind. As I, through Your mercy, 
begin to fulfill my duties to You, I beseech You: aid me every minute and in every deed; save me and 
lead me to Your etemal kingdom. You are my Creator and the Giver of every blessing, and in You I 
trust, and to You I give praise +, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Fourth Prayer- Thursday 

O Lord, Who in Your manifold goodness and great compassion, have granted me, Your servant, to pass 
the proceeding hours of this night free from any attack of the evil one, do You, O Master and Creator of 
all things, grant to me that by Your true light, I, with an enlightened heart, may do Your will +, now and 
ever and forever. Amen. 

The Fifth Prayer - Friday 

O Lord God Almighty, Who receives from Your heavenly powers a thrice-holy hymn, receive from me. 
You undeserving servant, this nocturnal hymn. Grant to me that all the years of my life, and at every 
hour, I may render glory to You, Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Sixth Prayer - Saturday 

O lord Almighty, God of powers and of all flesh. Who lives on high, and watches over the humble. Who 
examines the hearts and the innermost being of man, and clearly perceives the hidden things of man; O 
Eternal and ever-existent Light, in Whom there is neither change nor shadow of change; O Immortal 
King, accept our prayers, which, at this present time, depend upon the multitude of Your mercies and 
which we render to You from defiled lips. Forgive us our transgressions which by deed, word and 
thought, with knowledge or in ignorance, were committed by us. Cleanse us from every type of 
defilement of body and soul. Grant that we pass all the nights of this present life with a watchful heart 
and sober thought, awaiting the glorious coming and revealing day of Your only-begotten Son, Our Lord, 
God and Savior Jesus Christ, Who will come with glory as Judge of all, granting to everyone according to 
their works. Let us not fall and become lazy, but rather watchful and roused to action. Let us turn-about 
and be prepared to accompany Him into the divine inner chamber with joy, where the sound of festive 
voices never ceases and where there is an indescribable sweetness of those who look upon the 
inexpressible goodness of Your Face. For You are the True Light, that enlightens and sanctifies all 
things, and all creation praises You +, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Seventh Prayer ■ Sunday 

We bless You, O Most High God and Lord of mercy, who always does for us great and inscrutable things 
which are both glorious and excessive; Who provides us with sleep as a rest for our infirmities and as a 
relief for the burdens of our bodies tired by labor. We thank You that You did not destroy us in our 
transgressions, but, as always, You loved as the Lover of Mankind, and raised us up who were lying in 
despair so that we might praise Your majesty. Therefore, we entreat Your immeasurable goodness; 
enlighten our thoughts and eyes; raise up our minds from the deep sleep of indolence; open our mouths 
and fill them with praise, so that everywhere without distraction, I may be able to glorify and profess You, 
O God Who is praised by all people and things, the Etemal Father, together with Your only-begotten Son 
+, and Your most holy, gracious and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Eighth Prayer 

O Lord, do not deprive me of Your heavenly riches. O Lorcd, deliver me from eternal torments. O Lord, 
if I have sinned by mind, thought, word or deed, forgive me. Lord, deliver me from every type of 
ignorance, forgetfulness, apathy and faint-heartedness. O Lord, deliver me from every type of 
temptation. O Lord, enlighten my heart, which sinful desires cloud. O Lord, I, as a man, have sinned; 
You, as a gracious God, seeing the weakness of my soul, have mercy on me. O Lord, send Your grace 



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to me as a help, so that I may glorify Your holy Name. O Lord Jesus Christ, inscribe me in the book of 
life, and grant to me a good end. O Lord, my God, even though I have done nothing good before You, 
grant that I may lay down a worthy beginning according to Your goodness. O Lord, sprinkle in my heart 
the dew of Your grace. O Lord of heaven and earth, remember me. Your sinful servant, in Your 
kingdom. O Lord, receive me in repentence. O Lord, do not forsake me. O Lord, do not lead me into 
misfortune. O Lord, give me good thoughts. O Lord, give me tears and a remembrance of death. O 
Lord, give me the thought of confessing my sins. O Lord, give me humility, purity and obedience. O 
Lord, give me suffering, generosity and meekness. O Lord, implant in my heart the root of all good and 
fear of You. O Lord, enable me to love You with my whole heart and mind, and to do Your will in all 
things. O Lord, protect me from unjust men, demons, sufferings and from every other evil. O Lord, you 
are known in Your work and in Your will; let Your will be in me, a sinner, since You are blessed + forever. 
Amen. 

The Ninth Prayer 

O my most compassionate and most merciful God, Lord Jesus Christ, Who, because of Your great love, 
descended and became incarnate so that You might save all. O Savior, I beseech You, save me by 
Your grace, for if You save me by my deeds, behold, this is nothing but a grace and a gift; it is nothing 
but a greater debt. You are mighty in generosity and indescribable in mercy. You, O Christ, have said: 
"He who believes in Me shall have life and shall never see death." Therefore, if faith in You saves those 
who are in sin, then save me because of my faith in You, for You are my God and my Creator. Let my 
faith suffice in place of my deeds, O my God, for You will find that my deeds will not justify me at all, and 
let it enable me to be a participator in Your etemal glory. Do not permit Satan to overpower me and 
boast that he has snatched me from Your hand and Your protection, O Divine Word. Save me, O 
Savior, whether I wish it or not; hasten to me; for I perish quickly. You are my God from the time that I 
was conceived. Enable me, Lord, to love You now, just as I loved sin itself. May I again serve You 
diligently and without laziness, just as I once served Satan. Most of all, I will serve You, my Lord and 
God Jesus Christ, throughout ail the days of my life, now + and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Tenth Prayer 

O holy Angel of Christ! In homage I come to you, my holy guardian, who, since my baptism, has been 
assigned to me to protect my body and soul. I beseech your powerful intercession. I have often 
offended you by my indolence and bad habits. You are without stain in your glory and I have often 
driven you away by my sins. I pray and beseech you, most holy guardian, be merciful to me, your sinful 
and unworthy servant. Be my defender and aid me against my enemies. Through your intercession, 
make me worthy to be a partaker of the kingdom of God with all the saints forever. Amen. 

The Eleventh Prayer 

O my most holy Queen and Mother of God! By your holy and all-powerful prayers, drive away from me, 
your humble servant, discouragement, forgetfulness, misunderstanding and carelessness. Drive away 
every sinful thought from my heart and mind. Help me quench the fire of evil passions. Preserve me 
from evil thoughts and deeds, for you are blessed by all nations, and your name is praised, now and ever 
and forever. Amen. 

The Troparia of the Day 

Recite the proper troparia of the day, including the troparion, kontakion and - if given - theotokion. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

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The Office of Hours 

The Office of Hours is the official prayer of the Church. After the Divine Liturgy, no prayer is 
considered greater in importance. In the West, the Office of Hours is called the Liturgy of the Hours, or 
Christian Prayer. 

The Office of Hours has its foundation in Judaism, where the Psalms were prayed at regular 
times throughout the day. This tradition continued within Christianity. In the early Church, Christians 
prayed the Psalms during regular services, and eventually certain Psalms became associated with 
certain acts of worship. As the Office of Hours developed, it remained closely associated with the central 
act of worship: the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist. As indicated before, the liturgical day began at 
sunset with the praying of the Office of Vespers, or Evening Prayer. The faithful would actively 
participate in this service at the cathedral. Monastics, also, placed great emphasis upon the this and the 
other Offices. 

In the Eastern Churches, the importance of the vanous Offices remained central to worship. The 
Offices sanctify the day and call the Christian to a more complete life of prayer, meditation and 
contemplation. Praying the Offices, in entirety or at least in part, unites the Christian with the entire 
Church - the Mystical Body of Christ - like the Divine Liturgy. 

Although in their complete form the Offices are designed to be celebrated publicaliy, they can 
and should be prayed by the individual either alone, or in a group. The "major" Offices are: Vespers, or 
Evening Prayer, which begins the new liturgical day; Compline, or Night Prayer, which entrusts the 
Christian to God before retiring, and Matins, or Morning Prayer, which sanctifies the day. The "minor" 
Offices are: the First Hour, which originally was prayed at 6:00 a.m.; the Third Hour, which originally was 
prayed at 9:00 a.m.; the Sixth Hour, which was originally prayed at noon, and the Ninth Hour, which was 
originally prayed at 3:00 p.m., concluding the day of worship. However, it is not necessary to pray these 
Offices at these exact times. In current practice, the minor Offices are prayed at various times, and 
sometimes they are combined into one or more services. Another service, the "All Night Vigil", is a 
combination of Vespers, Compline and Matins which is prayed on certain feastdays. This Office, today, 
is normally only prayed in certain monastic communities. 

Christians who are bound by law or tradition to pray the Office of Hours fulfill their obligation to 
do so by reciting these Offices, regardless of canonical membership in the Church. 

The Kathismata 

The Kathismata {plural; singular is Kathisma) is the system of praying the Psalter, or Book of 
Psalms, within the Office of Hours. In the Byzantine Church, the Psalter is prayed, with certain 
exceptions, in its entirety in one week. However, praying the entire Psalter is not mandatory within the 
Offices, and is currently only done so in some monastic communities. 

If one wishes to pray the either the entire Psalter, or sections of it, the Kathismata provides the 
proper guide. The individual(s) may pray the Kathismata in any section during any of the Offices for the 
purpose of this book. 

The Psalms according to the Kathismata 

Kathisma 1: Psalms 1 through 8 
Kathisma 2: Psalms 9 through 16 
Kathisma 3: Psalms 17 through 23 
Kathisma 4: Psalms 24 through 31 
Kathisma 5: Psalms 32 through 36 
Kathisma 6: Psalms 27 through 45 
Kathisma 7: Psalms 46 through 54 
Kathisma 8: Psalms 55 through 63 
Kathisma 9: Psalms 64 through 69 
Kathisma 10: Psalms 70 through 76 
Kathisma 11: Psalms 77 through 84 



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Kathisma 12: Psalms 85 through 90 
Kathisma 13: Psalms 91 through 1 00 
Kathisma 14: Psalms 1 01 through 1 04 
Kathisma 15: Psalms 105 through 108 
Kathisma 16: Psalms 109 through 117 
Kathisma 17: Psa\m ^^Q 
Kathisma 18: Psalms 119 through 133 
Kathisma 19: Psalms 134 through 142 
Kathisma 20: Psalms 143 through 150 

The Order for the Recitation of the Psalter 

Saturday evening ("Evening" indicates Vespers, the first service for the new liturgical day): 

Kathisma 1 

Sunday: Kathismata 2 and 3 

Sunday evening: the Psalter is not recited 

Monday: Kathismata 4 and 5 

Monday evening: Kathisma 6 

Tuesday: Kathismata 7 and 8 

Tuesday evening: Kathisma 9 

Wednesday: Kathismata 1 and 1 1 

Wednesday evening: Kathisma 12 

Thursday: Kathismata 13 and 14 

Thursday evening: Kathisma 15 

Friday: Kathismata 16 and 17 

Friday evening: Kathismata 18 

Saturday: Kathismata 19 and 20 

In certain usages, Friday and Saturday's Kathismata are reversed; Friday evening's Kathisma remains 

the same. 

Kathismata during the Great Fast of Lent (except for Week Five and the first half of Great Week): 

Saturday evening: Kathisma 1 

Sunday: Kathismata 2, 3 and 1 7 

Sunday evening: the Psalter is not recited 

Monday: Kathismata 4 through 9 

Monday evening: Kathisma 18 

Tuesday: Kathismata 10 through 16 

Tuesday evening: Kathisma 18 

Wednesday: Kathismata 19, 20 and 1 through 5 

Wednesday evening: Kathisma 18 

Thursday: Kathismata 6 through 12 

Thursday evening: Kathisma 18 

Friday: Kathismata 13 through 15 and 19 and 20 

Friday evening: Kathisma 18 

Saturday: Kathismata 16 and 17 

Kathismata during the Fifth Week of the Great Fast: 
Saturday evening: Kathisma 1 
Sunday: Kathismata 2, 3 and 17 
Sunday evening: the Psalter is not recited 
Monday: Kathismata 4 through 9 
Monday evening: Kathisma 10 
Tuesday: Kathismata 11 through 18 
Tuesday evening: Kathisma 19 



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Wednesday: Kathismata 20 and 1 through 6 

Wednesday evening: Kathisma 7 

Thursday: Kathismata 8 through 11 

Thursday evening: Kathisma 12 

Friday: Kathismata 13 through 15, and 19 and 20 

Friday evening: Kathisma 18 

Saturday: Kathismata 16 and 17 

Kathismata for Great Week: 

l\flonday: Kathismata 4 through 8 

Monday evening: Kathisma 18 

Tuesday: Kathismata 9 through 13 

Tuesday evening: Kathisma 18 

Wednesday: Kathismata 14 through 16, and 19 and 20 

Wednesday evening: Kathisma 18 

On Great Thursday through Great Saturday, any kathismata is taken during the Church services. 

Kathismata for Pascha (Easter) and Bright Week 

No Kathismata is taken on Pascha and throughout Bright Week, until Vespers on Saturday evening. 



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The Office of Vespers 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including ttie twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 
three Come, let us... 

Psalm 103 
Praise of God's Creation 

Bless the Lord, O my soul! You are very great, Lord, my God; clothed in pomp and brilliance; arrayed 
with light as with a cloak. Stretching out the sky as a tent-cloth, covering Your lofty halls with water. You 
make the clouds Your conveyance; You surge on the wings of the wind. You make spirits Your 
messengers, and flaming fires Your attendants. You settle the earth on its firm foundation; it shall stand 
unmoved from age to age. The abyss covers it like a garment; waters stand over the mountains. At 
Your rebuke they will take flight; at the peal of Your thunder they will fear. They hurdle the hills and run 
down the dales, to the place You have chosen for them. You have set up a boundary not to be passed; 
they shall never return to cover the earth. Down in the gullies You make springs to rise; waters shall go 
down between the mountains. They shall give drink to the beasts of the fields; wild asses will seek them 
to quench their thirst. The birds of the sky will abide by them; from among the rocks they will raise their 
song. From Your lofty halls You refresh the mountains; the earth shall be fed with the fruit of Your 
works. You make green pastures for the cattle, and food-plants for the service of all, so that bread may 
be brought forth from the earth, and wine that gladdens the heart of all; so that oil may put a gleam upon 
his face, and that bread may strengthen the heart of all. The trees of the plain will be satisfied, the 
cedars of Lebanon that He planted. The sparrows will build their nests in them, and the herons will call 
them their home. To the deer belong high mountains; to rodents, the shelter of the rocks. You have 
made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows the time of its setting. You establish darkness, and 
it is night, wherein the forest creatures prowl around. Young lions roar for their prey, and call out to God 
for their meat. As the sun rises, they will come together, and lay themselves down in their dens. Man 
will go out to his labor, and work until eventide. How great are Your works, O Lord! In wisdom. You 
have wrought them all. The earth is filled with your creatures. Even the wide and open sea itself; within 
it there are countless creeping things, living beings small and large. Upon it there are ships a-sailing, 
and that great beast You made to have fun. All of them look up to You, to give them their food in due 
time. You provide and they gather up; You open Your hand and they are full. You hide Your face and 
they cringe; You suspend their breath, and they die and return to their dust. You send forth Your breath 
and they live; You renew the face of the earrth. May the Lord's glory endure forever; may the Lord 
rejoice in His works. He looks upon the earth and makes it quake; He touches the mountains and they 
smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God as long as I last. Would that my 
thoughts be pleasing to Him, and I will rejoice in the Lord. May sinners vanish from the earth, and may 
the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul! The sun knows the time of its setting. You establish 
darkness, and it is night. How great are Your works, O Lord! In wisdom. You have wrought them all. 
Glory be. ..now and ever... 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper Kathismata. 

The Stichera 

Turn to the proper Stichera. 

The Hymn of the Evening 



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O Joyful Light! Light and Holy Glory of the Father immortal, the heavenly, holy, the Blessed One, O 
Jesus Christ! Now that we have reached the setting of the sun, and see the evening light, we sing to 
God, Father +, Son and Holy Spirit. It is fitting at all times to raise a song of praise in measured melody 
to You, O Son of God, the Giver of Life. Behold, the universe sings Your glory! 

The Hymn of Glorification 

O Lord, keep us this evening without sin. Blessed + are You, O Lord God of our Fathers, and praised 
and glorified is Your Name forever. Amen. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us because we have set 
our hope in You. Blessed + are You, O Lord, teach me Your commandments. Blessed + are You, O 
Master, make me understand Your commandments. Blessed + are You, O Holy One, enlighten me with 
Your laws. O Lord, Your mercy endures forever; do not despise the work of Your hands. It is proper to 
praise You, and hymns belong to You. Glory belongs to You, Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and 
ever and forever. Amen. 

The Prayer of Vespers 

O Lord our God, You lowered the heavens when You came down for the salvation of the human race. 
Now look upon Your servants and upon Your inheritance, for they have bowed their heads to You, the 
Judge, both awesome and loving. They do not await human help, but look for Your mercy and are ready 
to receive Your salvation. Guard them at all times, this evening and tonight, against all enemies, against 
the devil's assaults, against vain thoughts and evil dreams. May the might of Your kingdom be blessed 
and exalted. Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Canticle of Simeon 

Now You shall dismiss Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word, in peace; because my eyes have 
seen Your salvation which You prepared before the face of all peoples; a light to the revelation of the 
Gentiles, and the glory of Your people, Israel. 

The Troparia of the Day 

Turn to the proper troparia of the day. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. If it is the Great Fast, recite the Prayer of St. Ephrem, unless it is 
Saturday evening, or the vigil of a major feast. 



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The Office of Compline 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 
three Come, let us... 

Psalm 69 
Prayer for Relief from Adversaries 

O God, make haste to my rescue; Lord, come to my aid! Let there be shame and confusion on those 

who seek my life. O let them tum back on confusion, who delight in my harm; let them retreat, covered 

with shame, who jeer at my lot. Let there be rejoicing and gladness for all who seek You. Let them say 

forever: "God is great," who love Your saving help. As for me, wretched and poor, come to me, O God. 

You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay! 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluial Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Canon 

Saturday evening 

Crossing the deep sea like dry land, Israel saw the pursuing pharaoh drowning and exclaimed: Let us 
sing a hymn of victory to God. 

Glory to Your holy resurrection, O Lord! 
Death is destroyed by death. It is condemned; it is strangled. Despising the meaning of the divine life, 
the mighty Lord is killed. Yet resurrection is granted to all of us! 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
Gracious Mistress of the world! Save those who sincerely confess that you are the Theotokos. We have 
you as an invincible armor, O Theotokos. 

Sunday evening 

Let us sing to our wonderous God who freed Israel from slavery. We sing a song of triumph and we 
chant: O Master, we sing to You alone! 

Holy archangels and angels, pray to God for us! 
You have formed Your angels in Your own image, O Christ. You have made them a chorus for Your 
majesty. They are intellectual by nature and incorruptible by Your grace, O Lord of Mystery. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. 

immaculate Lady, you were blessed to hold in your arms Him who sat with the Father in heaven before 
time. Beg Him to be merciful to your servants. 

Monday evening 

Let us sing to Christ who ended Pharaoh's tyranny in the sea. He placed Israel on dry ground, and He 
shall be praised forever. 

Holy and great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us! 
May you be my protector, Forerunner John, when I must stand before the Lord at the coming judgement. 

1 know you will rescue me from homble damnation. 

Glory be.. .now and ever... 
You gave birth to the Word by a word, uniquely immaculate Lady. We pray that you will deliver our souls 
from the evil one's trap. 

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 

Jesus Christ, Who sits in glory on the throne of God, arrives on a misty cloud. With His incorrupt hand, 
He saves those who sing: Glory to Your power, O Christ! 

Glory to Your precious Cross, O Lord! 
O Cross, heavenly ladder and guide for the armies of saints! You are the height and glory of Christ. You 
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Glory be. ..now and ever... 
Most pure handmaiden, O Theotokos, you raised your hands in the form of a cross to Him who died on a 
cross. O Lady, now offer prayers for all who faithfully pray to you! 

Wednesday evening 

The Church rejoices in You, O Christ. She sings: You are my Lord, my might, my strength and my 
shelter. 

Most holy Apostles, pray to God for us! 
You have enlightened the minds of the Church from the sky, O stars - O Apostles! Take me from the 
night of sin and ignorance. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 
After bearing a Child, you were still a perfect virgin, O Theotokos. You bore the Word Who came to 
earth for us. Pray to Him to enlighten our souls! 

Friday evening 

O Lord, You are the rampart of those who flee to You. You are the Light of those who are blind. My 
spirit sings to You! 

All you saints, pray to God for us! 
We sing to the army of saints, O Lord. You have illumined us through their prayers. You are Light 
inapproachable, and you dispel the mist of ignorance by Your lasting brightness! 

Glory be.. .now and ever... 
Your happiness is with God, pure Lady! Join the prophets, apostles, martyrs and all the saints in seeking 
the remission of our sins from the Lord. 

The Troparia of Compline 

O God of our fathers, ever dealing with us tenderly! Do not withhold Your mercy from us, but rather, by 

the prayers of all Your saints direct our lives in peace. 

O Christ God, Your Church clothed in a mystical white robe, and a violet mantle crimsoned with the 

blood of Your martyrs all over the world, cries our to You: shower Your mercy on Your people; give 

peace to Your world, and great mercy to our souls. 

Glory be. ..With the saints, O Christ, give rest to Your servants, where there is no pain, sorrow, nor 

mourning, but life everiasting. 

Now and ever.. .Through the prayers of the Theotokos and all the saints, give us peace and have mercy 

on us, O Lord, for You alone are merciful. 

On Friday evenings, instead of the above troparia, take: 

O Apostles, Martyrs, Prophets, and Hierarchs, O Holy Men and Women, you have fought the good fight 

and kept the faith. Since you have acquired favor with the Savior, we beseech you to intercede with Him 

in His goodness, that He may save our souls. 

Glory be.. .With the saints, O Christ, give rest to Your servants, where there is no pain, sorrow, nor 

mourning, but life everiasting. 

Now and ever...O Lord, Author of all Creation, the universe offers to You the God-bearing martyrs as the 

first fruits of nature. Through their prayers and through the Theotokos, preserve Your Church, your 

dwelling-place in perfect peace, O Most Merciful One. 

The Prayer to Our Lady by the Monk Paul 

O chaste and spotless Lady never touched by blame or corruption or defilement, O Bride of the Most 
High Himself! You brought forth the Word of God into this world in a marvelous and mysterious way, 
thus uniting Him to us and joining our nature to the divine! You are the only hope of those who have no 
hope, always ready to come to the aid of every Christian who seeks refuge in you. Though I have often 
defiled myself with all sorts of impurities: thoughts; words, and deeds; though slothfulness has enslaved 
me to lust; though I often find myself weighed down by despair and depression, do not despise me. As 
the Mother of God, your heart is filled with love and compassion for all mankind. Therefore, pity me in 



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spite of my sinfulness; accept this prayer from these impure lips of mine. With boldness that only a 
mother could manifest, implore your Son, our Lord and God, to show me His deep and tender mercy. 
Entreat Him not to regard the numberless times I have fallen, but to lead me to true repentance, that, as 
His friend and follower, I may be always conscious of His precepts and ever ready to observe them. And 
you, sweet Lady, in your graciousness, stay with me. Take my part at all times. Enable me to repel all 
temptations; to achieve my etemal salvation. At the moment of my death, embrace and comfort my 
sorry soul, and drive off the terrifying spectres of the evil one. On that awesome day of judgment, save 
me from everlasting punishment; reveal me as a true heir of that ineffable glory which your Son has 
promised in His grace and love. To Him, to His etemal Father +, and to His all-holy, good and life-giving 
Spirit is due ail glory, honor and worship, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Prayer to Our Lord by the Monk Antiochus 

Now that we are about to lie down to sleep, grant us, O Master, the repose of our soul and body. 
Preserve us against the dark slumber of sin and against any impure satisfaction that roams around in the 
darkness of night. Quiet the assaults of our passions; arrest the darts that the Evil One insidiously throws 
at us; still the commotions of our flesh, and calm all earthly and worldy feelings within us. Grant us, O 
Lord, a watchful mind, innocent thoughts, a sober heart, a gentle sleep free from evil dreams; at the hour 
of prayer, arouse us, strong in the practice of Your commandments and ever-mindul of Your desires. 
Give us the grace to sing Your glory throughout the night; to praise, bless, and glorify Your all-honorable 
and magnificent Name, Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Recite the Prayer to the Holy Protection. 

The Praise to the Holy Trinity 

The Father + is my hope! The Son + is my refuge! The Holy Spirit + is my protection! O Holy Trinity +, 

glory be to You! 

In you do I place all my hope, O Theotokos! Keep me under your Protection! 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. If it is the Great Fast, recite the Prayer of St Ephrem, unless it is 
Saturday evening, or the vigil of a great feast. 



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The Office of Matins 

Through the prayers of the Holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy + on us. Amen. 

If it is tfie Paschal season, recite the Christ is risen... 

Glory to God in the highest, and to His people on earth, His peace and good will. Three times. 
O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. Two times. 

Psalms of Matins 

Psalm 3 - Monday 
Help for the Afflicted 

How many are my foes, O Lord! How many are rising up against me! How many are saying about me: 
there is no help for him in God. But You, Lord, are a shield about me; my glory, Who lift up my head. I 
cry aloud to the Lord. He answers from His holy mountain. I lie down to rest and I sleep. I wake, for the 
Lord upholds me. I will not fear even thousands of people who are ranged on every side against me. 
Arise, Lord; save me, my God: You Who strike ail my foes on the mouth; You Who break the teeth of 
the wicked! O Lord of salvation, bless Your people. I lie down to rest and I sleep. I wake, for the Lord 
upholds me. 

Psalm 37 - Tuesday 

A Psalm of Repentance 

Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger; do not punish me. Lord, in Your rage. Your arrows have sunk 
deep in me; Your hand has come down upon me. Through Your anger all my body is sick; through my 
sin, there is no health in my limbs. My guilt towers higher than my head; it is a weight too heavy to bear. 
My wounds are foul and festering, the result of my own folly. I am bowed and brought to my knees. I go 
mourning all the day long. All my frame burns with fever; all my body is sick. Spent and utteriy crushed, 

1 cry aloud in anguish of heart. O Lord, You know ail my longing; my groans are not hidden from You. 
My heart throbs, my strength is spent; the very light has gone from my eyes. My friends avoid me like a 
leper; those closest to me stand afar off. Those who plot against my life lay snares; those who seek my 
ruin speak of harm, planning treachery all the day long. But I am like the deaf who cannot hear, like the 
dumb unable to speak. I am like one who hears nothing in whose mouth is no defense. I count on You, 
O Lord; it is You, Lord God, who will answer. I pray, do not let them mock me, those who triumph if my 
foot should slip. For I am on the point of falling and my pain is always before me. I confess that I am 
guilty and my sin fills me with dismay. My wanton enemies are numberiess and my lying foes are many. 
They repay me evil for good and attack me for seeking what is right. O Lord, do not forsake me! My 
God, do not stay afar off! Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my God, my Savior! O Lord, do 
not forsake mel My God, do not stay afar off! Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my God, my 
Savior! 

Psalm 62 - Wednesday 

Friendship with God 

O God, You are my God, for You I long; for You my soul is thirsting. My body pines for You like a dry, 
weary land without water. So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory. For 
Your love is better than life; my lips will speak Your praise. So I will bless You all my life, in Your name I 
will lift up my hands. My soul shall be filled as with a banquet; my mouth shall praise You with joy. On 
my bed I remember You. On You I muse through the night for You have been my help. In the shadow 
of Your wings, I rejoice. My soul clings to You; Your right hand holds me fast. Those who seek to 
destroy my life shall go down to the depths of the earth. They shall be put into the power of the sword 
and left as the prey of the jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; all that swear by Him shall be 



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blessed for the mouth of liars shall be silenced. On You I muse through the night for You have been my 
help. In the shadow of Your wings, I rejoice. My soul clings to You; Your right hand holds me fast. 

Psalm 87 • Thursday 

The Darkness of Death 

Lord my God, I call for help by day; 1 cry at night before You. Let my prayer come into Your presence. 
O turn Your ear to my cry. For my soul is filled with evils; my life is on the brink of the grave. I am 
reckoned as one in the tomb; I have reached the end of my strength. Like one alone among the dead; 
like the slain lying in their graves. Like those You remember no more; cut off, as they are, from Your 
hand. You have laid me in the depths of the tomb, in places that are dark, in the depths. Your anger 
weighs down upon me; I am drowned beneath Your waves. You have taken away my friends and made 
me hateful in their sight. Imprisoned, I cannot escape; my eyes are sunken with grief. I call to You, 
Lord, all the day long; to You I stretch out my hands. Will You work Your wonders for the dead? Will the 
shades stand and praise You? Will Your love be told in the grave, or Your faithfulness among the dead? 
Will Your wonders be know in the dark or Your justice in the land of oblivion? As for me. Lord, I call to 
You for help; in the morning my prayer comes before You. Lord, why do You reject me? Why do You 
hide Your face? Wretched, close to death from my youth, I have borne Your trials; I am numb. Your 
fury has swept down upon me; Yourtenrors have utterly destroyed me. They surround me all the day like 
a flood; they assail me all together. Friend and neighbor You have taken away; my one companion is 
darkness. Lord my God, I call for help by day; I cry at night before You. Let my prayer come into Your 
presence. O turn Your ear to my cry. 

Psalm 102 - Friday 
Praise for Mercy and Angelic Hosts 

My soul, give thanks to the Lord; all my being, bless His holy name. My soul, give thanks to the Lord 
and never forget all His blessings. It is He Who forgives all your guilt. Who heals every one of your ills. 
Who redeems your life from the grave; Who crowns you with love and compassion. Who fills your life 
with good things, renewing your youth like an eagle's. The Lord does deeds of justice; gives judgment 
for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses and His deeds to Israel's children. The 
Lord is compassion and love; slow to anger and rich in mercy. His wrath will come to an end; He will not 
be angry forever. He does not treat us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our faults. For as 
the heavens are high above the earth, so strong is His love for those Who fear Him. As far as the east is 
from the west, so far does He remove our sins. As a father has compassion on his children, the Lord has 
pity on those who fear Him, for He knows of what we are made. He remembers that we are dust. As for 
mortals, their days are like grass; they flower like the flower of the field. The wind blows and they are 
gone, and their place never sees them again. But the love of the Lord is everlasting upon those who 
hold Him in fear. His justice reaches out to children's children when they keep His covenant in truth, 
when they keep His will in their mind. The Lord has set His sway in heaven and His kingdom is ruling 
over all. Give thanks to the Lord, all His angels, mighty in power, fulfilling His word, who heed the voice 
of His word. Give thanks to the Lord, all His hosts. His servants who do His will. Give thanks to the 
Lord, all His works, in every place where He mles. My soul, give thanks to the Lord! In every place 
where He rules, my soul, give thanks to the Lord! 

Psalm 142 - Saturday and Sunday 

Waiting in Darkness for the Light 

Lord, listen to my prayer; turn Your ear to my appeal. You are faithful. You are just; give answer. Do not 
call Your servant to judgment for no one is just in Your sight. The enemy pursues my soul; he has 
crushed my life to the ground. He has made me dwell in darkness like the dead, long forgotten. 
Therefore, my spirit fails; my heart is numb within me. I remember the days that are past; I ponder all 
Your works. I muse on what Your hand has wrought and to You I stretch out my hands. Like a parched 
land my soul thirsts for You. Lord, make haste and answer; for my spirit fails within me. Do not hide 
Your face, lest I become like those in the grave, in the morning let me know Your love, for I put my trust 
in You. Make me know the way I should walk; to You I lift up my soul. Rescue me. Lord, from my 



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enemies; I have fled to You for refuge. Teach me to do Your will, for You, O Lord, are my God. Let 
Your good Spirit guide me in ways that are level and smooth. For Your name's sake, Lord, save my life; 
In Your justice save my soul from distress. In Your love malce an end of my foes; destroy all those who 
oppress me for I am Your servant, O Lord. You are faithful, You are just; give answer. Do not call your 
servant to judgment. You are faithful. You are just; give answer. Do not call Your servant to judgment. 
Let Your good Spirit guide me In ways that are level and smooth. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

God the Lord 

God the Lord has revealed Himself to us; blessed is He Who come in the name of the Lord. Repeat 

after each verse. 

Verse 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His love endures forever. 

Verse 2 They encircled me, compassed me about; in the Lord's name I crushed them. 

Verse 3 I shall not die, I shall live and recount the deeds of the Lord. 

Verse 4 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the work of the 

Lord, a marvel in our eyes. 



Turn to the proper Kathismata. 



Turn to the proper Sessional Hymns. 



The Psalter 



The Sessional Hymns 



The Polyeieos 
Psalms 134 and 13S 

The Mercies of God in Creation and Redemption; Thanksgiving to God for l-ils Enduring Mercy 

Praise the name of the Lord; praise Him, servants of the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Who stand in 
the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Lord, Your 
name stands forever, unforgotten from age to age. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! From Zion may the Lord 
be blessed, He Who dwells in Jerusalem. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! O give thanks to the Lord for He 
is good, for His love endures forever. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Who fixed the earth firmly on the 
seas, for His love endures forever. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! He snatched us away from our foes, for 
His love endures forever. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! To the God of heaven give thanks, for His love 
endures forever. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

The Praises of Our Lady 

Verse 1 My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. 

More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who 
- a Virgin - gave birth to God the Word, you - truly - the Mother of God we magnify! Repeat after each 
verse. 

Verse 2 Because He has looked upon the lowliness of His servant; from this day forward all generations 
shall called me blessed. 

Verse 3 Because he Who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name, and His love is 
from generation to generation to those who fear Him. 

Verse 4 He has shown might in His arm; He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. 
Verse 5 He has put down the might from their seat and has exalted the humble; He has filled the hungry 
with good things and the rich He has sent away empty. 



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Verse 6 He has received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His love, as He spol<e to our fathers, to 
Abraham and to his seed forever. 

The Great Doxology 

Glory to God + in the highest, and to His people on earth, peace and good will. Lord God, heavenly 
King, Almighty God and Father, with the Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father +, and the Holy Spirit. 
We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we thank You for Your great glory. Lord 
God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, You take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. You take 
away the sins of the worid, hear our prayer. You are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy 
on us. For You alone are holy. You alone are the Lord, Jesus Christ, for the glory of God the Father. 
Amen. I will bless you day after day, and praise Your name forever. Count us worthy, O Lord, of 
passing this day without sin. Blessed + are You, O Lord, God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is 
Your name forever. Amen. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us because we have set our hope in You. 
Blessed + are You Lord, teach me Your commandments. Blessed + are You, O Master, make me 
understand Your comandments. Blessed + are You, O Holy One, enlighten me with Your laws. O Lord, 
You have been our refuge from one generation to the next. I said: Lord, have mercy on me, heal my 
soul, for I have sinned against You. O Lord, I have fled to You, teach me to do Your will, for You, O 
Lord, are my God. In You is the source of life and in Your light we see light. Keep on loving those who 
know You. 

The Troparia of the Day 

Turn to the proper troparia of the day. 

The Prayer of Matins 

God of our Fathers, we praise You, we glorify You, we bless You, we thank You, for You have made the 
shadow of night pass and have shown us again the light of day. We beg You in Your goodness and in 
Your great mercy, cleanse our sins and hear our prayer, for we take refuge in You, O merciful and all- 
powerful God. Make the true Sun of righteousness shine in our hearts, enlighten our minds, and watch 
over all our senses, that we may live decently like people of the daytime, so that walking in Your 
commandments, we may come to eternal life, and may be made worthy of the enjoyment of Your light 
beyond reach, for You are the source of life. For You are a God of mercy and kindness and love, and we 
glorify You, Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Recite the Coriciuding Prayers. If it is the Great Fast, recite the Prayer of St Ephrem, unless it is 
Sunday, or a great feast. 



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The Hours 
The First Hour 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including the twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 

three Come, let us adore... 

If combining one or more Hour, only recite the twelve Lord, have mercies etc., at the beginning of the 

next Hour; also, recite the Concluding Prayers only at the conclusion of the final Hour recited (if 

combined). 

Psalm 5 
Prayer for Divine Help 

Listen to my words, O Lord, attend to my complaint. Be attentive to the voice of my appeal, O my King 
and my God! For to You will I pray, O Lord. At dawn You shall listen to my voice, at dawn I will stand at 
Your service and look up. For You are not a God pleased with iniquity, neither shall the evil-doer dwell 
with You, nor shall transgressors stand before Your sight. You loathe all those who work iniquity. You 
will destroy all those who speak lies. The Lord abhors all persons of blood and deceit. But I, in the 
abundance of Your love, will have access to Your dwelling-place. Before Your holy temple I will worship 
in the fear of You. O Lord, be my guide in Your justice, because of my foes, clear my path before You. 
Indeed, in their mouth there is no truth, their heart is vain. Their throat is but a gaping tomb, their words 
deceive. Judge them, O God, let them founder in their evil plots. Because of their many crimes, cast 
them out, for they have risen against You, the Lord. And all those who trust in You shall rejoice; they 
shall feast forevermore. And You shall dwell among them, and all who love Your name shall be glad. 
For You bless the just ones, O Lord; You have covered us as with a shield of grace. 

Psalm 89 

Frailty of Man 

O Lord, You have been for us a refuge from age to age. Before the mountains came to be, before the 
earth and the world were formed, from all eternity to all eternity. You are. Let not man return to 
wretchedness. You said: Turn back, You sons of men! A thousand years in Your sight are but a 
yesterday, long past, and as a watch of night. Years shall be nothingness to them. Let the morning pass 
away as tender grass. In the moming, let it bloom and fade, in the evening, let it droop and wilt and dry. 
For we have perished by Your anger, and we have been shaken by Your wrath. You have placed our 
sins before You; our time stands in the light of Your face. For all our days are wasted, and we have 
passed away in Your wrath. Our years are as fragile as a spider's web; the number of our years is 
seventy years. Eighty years perhaps if we are among the strong, and their span is but toil and sorrow. 
Who knows the might of Your anger? By the fear of You shall Your wrath be measured. Thus make 
known to me Your right hand, and those who were trained with wisdom in their heart. Return, O Lord! 
How long shall You delay? Take up the defense of those who serve You. In the morning, fill us with 
Your love, that we may rejoice and be glad in all our days. Repay us in joy the times You did afflict us, 
the many years when disgrace was our lot. Let Your work be manifest to Your servants, and Your glory 
to their children. And may the brightness of the Lord our God shine upon us, and may He prosper the 
works of our hands for us, may He prosper the works of our hands! 

Psalm 100 

God's Love and Justice 

To You, Lord, I will sing of love and judgment; I will sing to the harp and walk a blameless path. O, when 
will You come to me? I have walked with innocence of heart in the midst of my house. I have not set 
before my eyes any unlawful thing; I detest those who commit evil deeds. A perverse heart has not been 
my companion; the wicked man turned away from me, I knew him not. Whoever slandered his neighbor 
in secret, him I expelled. With a man of haughty airs and greedy heart, I would not share a meal. My 
eyes are upon the faithful of the land so that they may dwell with me. The man who walked a blameless 



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path, he has attended me. The man who practiced haughtiness found no lodging in my house. The man 
who spol^e unjustly did not prosper in my sight. Early did I slay all the sinners of the land, rooting out of 
the city of the Lord all the workers of iniquity. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper l<athismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

Troparion of the Day 

Glory be... 

Turn to the proper troparion of the day. Continue with: 

Now and ever.. .What shall we call you, O Full of Grace? A Heaven, for you have borne the Sun of 
Justice? A Paradise; for you have brought forth the Flower of Immortality? A Virgin, for you have 
remained undefiled? A Mother, holding her holy arms the Son Who is the God of all? Intercede with 
Him for the salvation of our souls. 

Let my way be straight according to Your word; let no sin overcome me. Save me from the wickedness 
of men, and I will keep Your commandments. Let Your face shine upon Your servants, and teach me 
Your laws. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, O Lord, and let me sing Your glory and magnificence 
+ all the day long. 

Kontakion of the Day 

Turn to the proper l<ontakion of the day. At the conclusion, continue with: 

Lord, have mercy. Forty times. 

O Christ our God, in all times and places You are worshiped and glorified both in heaven and on earth. 
You are long-suffering and generous in Your mercy and compassion. You love the Just and show mercy 
to the sinner, calling all people to repentance through the promise of blessings to come. Deem, O Lord, 
at this very hour, to receive our supplications and to direct our lives in the path of Your commandments. 
Sanctify our souls; purify our bodies; set aright our minds; cleanse our thoughts; deliver us from all 
affliction, trouble and distress; surround us with Your holy Angels so that, guided and guarded in their 
camp, we may attain oneness of faith and the knowledge of Your unspeakable glory. For You are 
blessed + forever and ever. Amen. 

The Prayer of the Hour 

O Christ, the True Light, Who enlightens and sanctifies everyone in the worid, mari^ us with the light of 
Your countenance so that we may see the unapproachable radiance. Let our life be straight along the 
path of Your commandments, through the prayers + of Your most pure Mother and of all the Saints. 
Amen. 

If continuing with the next Hour, recite the three Come, let us... and begin the Psalms. Otherwise, recite 
the Concluding Prayers. 

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Recite the Prayers of Introduction; if continuing from the First Hour, see above. 

Psalm 16 

Prayer Against Persecutors 

Listen to my words, O Lord. Listen, O Lord of my righteousness, attend to my appeal. Give ear to my 
prayer that is not from deceitful lips. Let my judgment come forth from Your face; let my eyes behold 
what is right. You have proved my heart; You have watched me by night. You have tried me with fire 
and found in me no wrong. That my mouth utter not the misdeeds of men. Because of the words of 
Your lips, I have followed rugged roads. Establish my footsteps upon Your paths that my footsteps 
stumble not. I have cried out to You, for You have heard me, O God. Lend me Your ear and listen to 
my words. Display Your love marvelously, O Savior of those who trust in You. From those who have 
risen against Your power, protect me as the apple of Your eye. Shelter me beneath the shelter of Your 
wings from the sight of the wicked who afflict me. These enemies of mine beset my soul; they enclosed 
themselves in their fat; their mouth spoke pride. They cast me out, then surrounded me; they have eyes 
but to throw me to the ground. They watch me as a lion set to pounce; as a lion-cub lurking in its den. 
Arise, O Lord, prevent them and overthrow them! Deliver my soul from wicked men, wrest Your sword 
from the enemies of Your power! O Lord, cut them off from the earth very soon, while they are still alive. 
Their bellies were filled with Your goods; they shall be satisfied with sons; they have left the remains to 
their babes. As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness and shall be satisfied with the vision of 
Your glory. 

Psalm 24 

Prayer for Guidance and Help 

To You, O Lord, I have lifted up my soul; O my God, I have trusted in You; let me not be put to shame 
forever. Let not my enemies laugh at me; of all those who seek You, none will be shamed. Let shame 
befall the wanton transgressors. Make know to me Your ways, O Lord, show me Your paths. Guide me 
in Your truth and teach me, for You are my God and Savior and I have waited for You all the day. 
Remember Your tender mercies, and love, O Lord, that are from all ages. The sins of my youth and my 
failures remember not. Remember me in Your love, O Lord, because of Your kindness. Kind and true is 
the Lord; He will set the wayward aright. He will give good judgment to the meek; He will teach the meek 
His ways. All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who seek His covenant and His 
revelation. For the sake of Your name, O Lord, forgive also my sin, for it is great. Be there persons who 
fear the Lord, the Lord will teach them in the way they have chosen. Their souls shall dwell in prosperity, 
and their posterity shall inherit the land. The Lord is the might of those who fear Him and He will reveal 
His covenant to them. My eyes are always upon the Lord, for He will loose my feet from the snare. Look 
upon me and have mercy on me, for I am lonely and destitute. The troubles of my heart are multiplied; 
deliver me from my straits. Behold my afflictions and my pain, and forgive all my sins. Behold my 
enemies: they have grown in number and have hated me with unfair hatred. Preserve my soul and 
deliver me that I may not be shamed; for I trust in You. The blameless and the righteous stood with me 
because i waited for You, O Lord. Deliver Israel, O Lord, of all its afflictions! 

Psalm 50 (51) 
Prayer of Repentance 

O God, have mercy on me in the greatness of Your love, in the abundace of Your tender mercies wipe 
out my offense. Wash me thoroughly from malice and cleanse me from sin. For I am well aware of my 
malice and my sin is before me always. It is You alone i have offended; I have done what is evil in Your 
sight. Wherefore, You are just in Your deeds and triumphant in Your judgment. Behold, I was born in 
iniquites and in sins my mother conceived me. But You are the Lover of Truth; You have shown me the 
depths and secrets of Your wisdom. Wash me with hyssop and I shall be pure; cleanse me and I shall be 
whiter than snow. Let me hear sounds of joy and feasting; the bones that were afflicted shall rejoice. 
Turn Your face away from my offenses and wipe off all my sins. A spotless heart create in me, O God; 
renew a steadfast spirit in my breast. Cast me not afar from Your face; take not Your blessed Spirit out 



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of me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and let Your guiding Spirit dwell in me. I will teach Your 
ways to the sinners and the wicked shall return to You. Deliver me from blood-guilt, O God, my saving 
God, and my tongue will joyfully sing Your justice. O Lord, You shall open my lips and my mouth will 
declare Your praise. Had You desired sacrifice, I would have offered it, but You will not be satisfied with 
whole-burnt offerings. Sacrifice to God is a contritie spirit; a crushed and humbled heart God will not 
spurn. In Your kindness, O Lord, be bountiful to Zion; may the walls of Jerusalem be restored. Then will 
You delight in just oblation; in sacrifice and whole-bumt offerings. Then shall they offer calves upon 
Your altar. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper l<athismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

Troparion of the Day 

Glory be... 

Turn to the proper troparion of the day. Continue with: 

Now and ever...O Mother of God, you are the true Vine laden with the Fruit of Life; wherefore, we 
implore you, O Lady, to intercede together with the Apostles and all the Saints that we may obtain mercy 
for our souls. 

Blessed + is the Lord God! Blessed is the Lord day by day! May the God of our salvation smooth our 
path. Our God is the God + of salvation! 

Kontakion of the Day 

Turn to the proper l<ontal<ion of the day. 

The Prayer of the Hour 

O God our Master, Almighty Father; Only-begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ, and You +, O Holy Spirit, 
One God and One Might, have mercy + on me a sinner, and save me, Your unworthy servant, according 
tothe ways of Your wisdom. For You are blessed + forever and ever. Amen. 

If continuing with the next Hour, recite the three Come, let us... and begin the Psalms. Otherwise, recite 
the Concluding Prayers. 

The Sixth Hour 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction; if continuing from the Third Hour, see above. 

Psalm S3 
Confident Prayer in Tinnes of Peril 

Save me, God, by Your name and judge me by Your might. O God, hear my prayer; listen to the 
words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me and powerful men have pursued my soul 
instead of contemplating God. Behold, God is my Helper and the Lord is the Sustainer of my soul. He 
will return evil upon my enemies; He will destroy them in His truth. With eager heart I will sacrifice to 



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You; I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good. For You have delivered me from all affliction, and 
my eyes have looked down on my enemies. 

Psalm 54 
Prayer of a Man Persecuted 

O Lord, listen to my prayer and do not overlook my supplication; give heed to me and answer me. I was 
grieved in my meditation; I trembled at the enemy's shouts and at the oppression of the wicked one. 
They brought down evil upon me, and seethed with anger against me. My heart recoiled within me; the 
anguish of death befell me. Fear and trembling came upon me and darkness covered me up. And i 
said, who will give me wings like a dove's and I shall fly and I shall come to rest? Behold, I have fled to 
distant places and made the wilderness my home. I have waited for God to deliver me from 
faintheartedness and windy storm. O Lord, confound and divide their tongues, for I have seen evil and 
strife in the town. Day and night it whirls upon its ramparts; inside there is sin and trouble and injustice. 
Usury and fraud are never absent from its public squares. Had it been a foe who insulted me, that I 
could have endured. Had he hated me who stood up against me, from him I could have hidden. But 
you, a man of kindred soul, my guide, my close acquaintance with whom I ate in sweet companionship 
and walked in harmony within God's house! May death come down upon them; may they fall in the 
Abyss alive! For evil is within their dwellings, in the very midst of them. As for me, I have appealed to 
God and the Lord has heard me. At dusk, dawn, and noon, I will cry out and call, and He will hear my 
voice. He will deliver my soul in peace from those who came close to me, from the crowd that 
surrounded me. God, the Master before all ages, will hear and humble them. For in them there is no 
repentance, for they have not feared God. He offered His hand in Self-giving, but they broke away from 
His covenant. They were scattered by the anger of His face, and their hearts became tight. Their words 
were smoother than oil, but they themselves were darts. Place your burden upon the Lord, and He 
Himself will sustain you; He will never let the just be tossed around. But You, O Lord, shall cast them 
down into the pit of destruction, men of blood and deceit shall not live half their days; as for me, I will 
hope in You, O Lord! 

Psalm 90 
Security Under God's Protection 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High abides in the shadow of God of heaven. He will say to the 
Lord: my Wall, my Refuge, my God in Whom I will trust! He it is Who will save you from the hunter's 
snare, and from the deadly pestilence. With His pinions. He will overshadow you, and beneath His wings 
you shall rest secure. As a shield, His truth shall cover you; you shall not fear the terror of the night, nor 
the arrow that flies by day, nor the thing that lurks about in darkness, nor the pestilence or demon of the 
noon. Though a thousand may be falling at your side, and ten thousand at your right, no harm will come 
to you. But you with your eyes shall observe and see the retribution of the wicked. Because you have 
said: O Lord, You are my Hope! And you have taken the Most High as your refuge, no evil shall come 
close to you, nor shall any scourge approach your dwelling. For He will command the angels to watch 
over all your ways. In their hands they shall carry you lest you stumble with your foot against a stone. 
Upon the asp and the viper you shall tread; the lion ahd the dragon you shall trample. Because he 
trusted Me, I will save him; I will protect him for he knew My name. He will call on Me, and I will answer 
him; I am with him at the time of distress; I will deliver him and give him glory. With length of days I will 
feed him, and My salvation I will let him see. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper kathismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 
Lord, have mercy. Three times. 



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Troparion of the Day 

Glory be... 

Turn to the proper troparion of the day. Continue with: 

Now and ever.. .Since we have no one in whom to confide because of our many sins, O Virgin 
Theotokos, intercede for us with the One Who was bom of you. For a mother's prayer is a powerful 
means for obtaining the Master's favor. You are most worthy of veneration, so do not turn away from the 
pleading of us sinners, for the One Who willed to suffer in the flesh for our sake is full of mercy, and His 
power is sufficient to save us. 

Let Your bounties, O Lord, come down upon us in haste, for our need has become great indeed. Help 
us, O God our Savior, for the glory of Your name. Save us, O Master, and forgive our sins for the sake 
+ of Your name. 



Turn to the proper kontakion of the day. 



Kontakion of the Day 



The Prayer of the Hour 

O God, Lord of Powers and Maker of the whole creation, through Your compassion beyond our 
understanding. You sent down Your Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our 
race. Through His cross He cancelled the debt of our sins and triumphed over the powers and masters 
of darkness. Now accept from us sinners these prayers of thanksgiving and petition, and preserve us 
from any deadly fall in the darkness and against every visible and invisible enemy who may seek our 
harm. Pierce our bodies with fear of You, and let not our souls fall into evil words or thoughts, but, 
instead, wound them with longing for You so that, looking down upon You at all times and guided by the 
light that emanates from You, we may contemplate the unapproachable eternal light. May we ever 
address our thanksgiving and worship to You, O Etemal Father, and to Your Only-begotten Son, and to 
Your + All-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

If continuing with the next Hour, recite the three Come, let us... and begin the Psalms. Otherwise, recite 
the Concluding Prayers. 

The Ninth Hour 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction; if continuing from the Sixth Hour, see above. 

Psalm 83 

A Pilgrim's Song 

Listen to my words, O Lord. How lovely Your dwelling-place, O Lord of Powers; away from the Lord's 
courtyards, my soul yearns and pines. My heart and flesh have cried out for joy towards God alive. For 
the sparrow has found itself a home, and the dove a nest of its own where to cradle its young. Your 
altars, O Lord of Powers, my King and my God! Blessed are those who live in Your house; they will 
praise You forever and ever. Blessed is the man whose support You are; in his heart he has planned 
ascensions through the valley of weeping, to the place he has chosen. And the Lawmaker shall give 
blessings; they shall go from strength to strength, and the God of gods shall be seen in Zion. Listen to 
my prayer, O Lord God of Powers; O God of Jacob, lend Your ear. O God, our shield, behold and look 
upon the face of Your Anointed One. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I 
would rather be lowly in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord loves 
kindness and truth; God will bestow the grace and the glory. The Lord shall not deny good things to 
those who walk in innocence. O Lord of Powers, blessed is the man who hopes in You! 



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Psalm 84 

Prayer for Peace 

O Lord, You have favored Your land; You have returned the captives of Jacob. You have remitted the 
sins of Your people; You have covered up all their offenses. You have made all Your anger subside; 
You have turned from the anger of Your Spirit. Change us, O God of our salvation, and turn Your wrath 
away from us. Be not angry with us forever; will Your wrath endure from generation to generation? O 
God, You will return and quicken us that Your people may rejoice in You. O Lord, let us see Your loving- 
kindness, and grant us Your salvation. I will hear what the Lord God says within me, for He will speak 
peace to His people, and to His holy ones and to those who turn their hearts to Him. Now His salvation is 
at hand for those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Kindness and truth have come 
together; peace and righteousness have embraced. Truthfulness has grown out of the earth; 
righteousness has bowed down from heaven. For the Lord will provide happiness, and our earth shall 
yield its fruit. Righteousness shall walk before Him and guide His footsteps on the way. 

Psalm 85 

Prayer in Times of Trial 

Lend Your ear, O Lord and listen to me; for I am distressed and in need. Guard my soul for I am pure. 
O my God, save Your servant whose hope is in You! Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I will cry out to You 
all the day. Comfort the soul of Your servant, for I have lifted up my soul to You. You are generous and 
gentle, O Lord, full of loving-kindness for those who pray to You. O Lord, listen to my prayer; be 
attentive to the voice of my supplication. On the day of my affliction, I called out to You and You heard 
me. Of all the gods, there is not one like You, nor is there any work to match what You do. All the 
nations which You made come up and worship You and give glory to Your name, O Lord. For You are 
great, and a Wonderworker; You are the only God. Lead me along Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in 
Your truth. Let my heart rejoice for having feared Your name. I will confess You with all my heart, O 
Lord my God, and I will give glory to Your name forever. For great is Your kindness to me, O Lord, and 
You have saved my soul from the depth of the Abyss. Wicked men have risen up against me, O God, 
and a band of strong men have sought my life and they did not keep You in mind. But You, O Lord my 
God, are compassionate and kind; slow to anger and full of tenderness and truth. Look upon me and 
have mercy on me; give Your strength to Your servant and save the son of Your handmaid. Give me a 
token of Your favor, and those who hate me shall behold and cringe. For You, O Lord, have helped me 
and comforted me. Give me a token of Your favor, and those who hate me shall behold and cringe. For 
You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper kathismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

Troparion of the Day 

Glory be... 

Turn to the proper troparion of the day. Continue with: 

Now and ever...O gracious Lord, for our sake You were born of the Virgin and were crucified. You 
crushed Death by Your death, and, being God, brought forth the resurrection. Do not turn away from 
those You have made with Your hands, but reveal instead Your love to us, O Lord of Mercy. Accept as 
intercessor the Virgin Theotokos who gave You birth. O our Savior, save a desparate people. 



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For the sake of Your holy name, do not abandon us forever; do not forget Your covenant. For the sake 
of Abraham the trustful one, Isaac Your servant, and Israel Your holy one, do not take Your + mercies 
away from us. 

Kontakion of the Day 

Turn to the proper kontakion of the day. 

The Prayer of the Hour 

O Master, Lord Jesus Christ, You patiently endured our sins and led us to this very hour at which You 
were hung upon the life-giving wood. You opened a way to paradise to the penitent thief, and crushed 
Death by Your death. Now forgive the trespasses that we Your servants have committed, unworthy 
sinners that we are. We have sinned indeed and transgressed Your law. We are unworthy even to lift 
up our eyes to heaven, for we have abandoned the path of Your holiness and pursued the desires of our 
hearts. But now we implore Your immense goodness: Spare us, O Lord, in the multitude of Your 
mercies; save us for the sake of Your most holy name. Our days were spent in vanity; wrest us from 
hands of our enemy, and forgive our sins. Subdue in us the cravings of our flesh, so that, after putting 
off the old man, we may put on the new and live for You, our Lord and Benefactor; and that obeying Your 
commandments, we may reach eternal repose in the place where all the blessed abide; for You are truly 
joy and delight to those who love You, O Christ our God. We send up glory to You, and to Your eternal 
Father, and to Your + all-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

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The Hours for the Great Fast 
The First Hour 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction, including tlie twelve Lord, have mercies, the Doxology, and the 

three Come, let us adore... 

If combining one or more Hour, only recite the twelve Lord, have mercies etc., at the beginning of the 

next Hour; also, recite the Concluding Prayers only at the conclusion of the final Hour recited (if 

combined). 

Psalm 5 

Prayer for Divine Help 

Listen to my words, O Lord, attend to my complaint. Be attentive to tlie voice of my appeal, O my King 
and my God! For to You will I pray, O Lord. At dawn You shall listen to my voice, at dawn I will stand at 
Your service and iool^ up. For You are not a God pleased with iniquity, neither shall the evil-doer dwell 
with You, nor shall transgressors stand before Your sight. You loathe all those who work iniquity. You 
will destroy all those who speak lies. The Lord abhors all persons of blood and deceit. But I, in the 
abundance of Your love, will have access to Your dwelling-place. Before Your holy temple I will worship 
in the fear of You. O Lord, be my guide in Your justice, because of my foes, clear my path before You. 
Indeed, in their mouth there is no truth, their heart is vain. Their throat is but a gaping tomb, their words 
deceive. Judge them, O God, let them founder in their evil plots. Because of their many crimes, cast 
them out, for they have risen against You, the Lord. And ail those who trust in You shall rejoice; they 
shall feast forevermore. And You shall dwell among them, and all who love Your name shall be glad. 
For You bless the just ones, O Lord; You have covered us as with a shield of grace. 

Psalm 89 

Frailty of Man 

O Lord, You have been for us a refuge from age to age. Before the mountains came to be, before the 
earth and the world were formed, from all eternity to all eternity, You are. Let not man return to 
wretchedness. You said: Turn back. You sons of men! A thousand years in Your sight are but a 
yesterday, long past, and as a watch of night. Years shall be nothingness to them. Let the morning pass 
away as tender grass. In the moming, let it bloom and fade, in the evening, let it droop and wilt and dry. 
For we have perished by Your anger, and we have been shaken by Your wrath. You have placed our 
sins before You; our time stands in the light of Your face. For all our days are wasted, and we have 
passed away in Your wrath. Our years are as fragile as a spider's web; the number of our years is 
seventy years. Eighty years perhaps if we are among the strong, and their span is but toil and sorrow. 
Who knows the might of Your anger? By the fear of You shall Your wrath be measured. Thus make 
known to me Your right hand, and those who were trained with wisdom in their heart. Return, O Lord! 
How long shall You delay? Take up the defense of those who serve You. In the morning, fill us with 
Your love, that we may rejoice and be glad in all our days. Repay us in joy the times You did afflict us, 
the many years when disgrace was our lot. Let Your work be manifest to Your servants, and Your glory 
to their children. And may the brightness of the Lord our God shine upon us, and may He prosper the 
works of our hands for us, may He prosper the works of our hands! 

Psalm 100 

God's Love and Justice 

To You, Lord, I will sing of love and judgment; I will sing to the harp and walk a blameless path. O, when 
will You come to me? I have walked with innocence of heart in the midst of my house. I have not set 
before my eyes any unlawful thing; I detest those who commit evil deeds. A perverse heart has not been 
my companion; the wicked man turned away from me, I knew him not. Whoever slandered his neighbor 
in secret, him I expelled. With a man of haughty airs and greedy heart, I would not share a meal. My 
eyes are upon the faithful of the land so that they may dwell with me. The man who walked a blameless 



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path, he has attended me. The man who practiced haughtiness found no lodging in my house. The man 
who spoke unjustly did not prosper in my sight. Early did I slay all the sinners of the land, rooting out of 
the city of the Lord all the workers of iniquity. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper kathismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

The First Troparia 

Listen to my voice at dawn, O my King and my God. Repeat after each verse. 
Verse 1 Listen to my word, O Lord, be aware of my call. 
Verse 2 Because it is to You, O Lord, that I pray. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .What shall we call you, O Full of Grace? A Heaven, for you have borne the 
Sun of Justice? A Paradise; for you have brought forth the Flower of Immortality? A Virgin, for you have 
remained undefiled? A Mother, holding her holy arms the Son Who is the God of all? Intercede with 
Him for the salvation of our souls. 

Let my way be straight according to Your word; let no sin overcome me. Save me from the wickedness 
of men, and I will keep Your commandments. Let Your face shine upon Your servants, and teach me 
Your laws. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, O Lord, and let me sing Your glory and magnificence 
+ all the day long. 

The Second Troparia 

Come to us in haste, O Christ our God, before we become slaves of those who blaspheme You and 
threaten our lives. With Your cross exterminate those who make war against us; let them know how 
strong is the faith of those who profess orthodoxy. Grant this through the prayers of the Theotokos, for 
You alone are the Lover of Mankind. 

Glory be...O Lord, Author of All Creation, the universe offers to You the God-bearing Martyrs as the first- 
fruits of nature. Through their prayers and through the Mother of God, preserve Your Church, You 
dwelling-place, in perfect peace, O Most Merciful One. 

Now and ever.. .Let us with our hearts and lips, continually extol the most glorious Theotokos, holier than 
the heavenly angels, and proclaim that she Is truly the Mother of God, for she has truly given birth to 
God Incarnate, and never does she cease to intercede for our souls. 

Lord, have mercy. Forty times. 

O Christ our God, in all times and places You are worshiped and glorified both in heaven and on earth. 
You are long-suffering and generous in Your mercy and compassion. You love the Just and show mercy 
to the sinner, calling all people to repentance through the promise of blessings to come. Deem, O Lord, 
at this very hour, to receive our supplications and to direct our lives in the path of Your commandments. 
Sanctify our souls; purify our bodies; set aright our minds; cleanse our thoughts; deliver us from all 
affliction, trouble and distress; surround us with Your holy Angels so that, guided and guarded in their 
camp, we may attain oneness of faith and the knowledge of Your unspeakable glory. For You are 
blessed + forever and ever. Amen. 

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O Christ, the Tme Light, Who enlightens and sanctifies everyone in the worid, mark us with the light of 
Your countenance so that we may see the unapproachable radiance. Let our life be straight along the 
path of Your commandments, through the prayers + of Your most pure Mother and of all the Saints. 
Amen. 

If continuing with the next Hour, recite the three Come, let us... and begin the Psalms. Otherwise, recite 
the Prayer of St. Ephrem and the Concluding Prayers. 

The Prayer of St. Ephrem 

O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. 

Prostration. 
Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and 
love. 

Prostration. 
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are 
blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 
O God, be merciful to me a sinner + and bow. O God, cleanse me of my sins, and have mercy on me + 
and bow. O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number + and bow. Repeat four times. 
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble- 
mindedness, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to 
judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 

The Third Hour 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction; if continuing from the First Hour, see above. 

Psalm 16 
Prayer Against Persecutors 

Listen to my words, O Lord. Listen, O Lord of my righteousness, attend to my appeal. Give ear to my 
prayer that is not from deceitful lips. Let my Judgment come forth from Your face; let my eyes behold 
what is right. You have proved my heart; You have watched me by night. You have tried me with fire 
and found in me no wrong. That my mouth utter not the misdeeds of men. Because of the words of 
Your lips, I have followed rugged roads. Establish my footsteps upon Your paths that my footsteps 
stumble not. I have cried out to You, for You have heard me, O God. Lend me Your ear and listen to 
my words. Display Your love marvelously, O Savior of those who trust in You. From those who have 
risen against Your power, protect me as the apple of Your eye. Shelter me beneath the shelter of Your 
wings from the sight of the wicked who afflict me. These enemies of mine beset my soul; they enclosed 
themselves in their fat; their mouth spoke pride. They cast me out, then surrounded me; they have eyes 
but to throw me to the ground. They watch me as a lion set to pounce; as a lion-cub lurking in its den. 
Arise, O Lord, prevent them and overthrow them! Deliver my soul from wicked men, wrest Your sword 
from the enemies of Your power! O Lord, cut them off from the earth very soon, while they are still alive. 
Their bellies were filled with Your goods; they shall be satisfied with sons; they have left the remains to 
their babes. As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness and shall be satisfied with the vision of 
Your glory. 

Psalm 24 

Prayer for Guidance and Help 



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To You, O Lord, I have lifted up my soul; O my God, I have trusted in You; let me not be put to shame 
forever. Let not my enemies laugh at me; of all those who seek You, none will be shamed. Let shame 
befall the wanton transgressors. Make know to me Your ways, O Lord, show me Your paths. Guide me 
in Your truth and teach me, for You are my God and Savior and I have waited for You all the day. 
Remember Your tender mercies, and love, O Lord, that are from all ages. The sins of my youth and my 
failures remember not. Remember me in Your love, O Lord, because of Your kindness. Kind and true is 
the Lord; He will set the wayward aright. He will give good judgment to the meek; He will teach the meek 
His ways. All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who seek His covenant and His 
revelation. For the sake of Your name, O Lord, forgive also my sin, for it is great. Be there persons who 
fear the Lord, the Lord will teach them in the way they have chosen. Their souls shall dwell in prosperity, 
and their posterity shall inherit the land. The Lord is the might of those who fear Him and He will reveal 
His covenant to them. My eyes are always upon the Lord, for He will loose my feet from the snare. Look 
upon me and have mercy on me, for I am lonely and destitute. The troubles of my heart are multiplied; 
deliver me from my straits. Behold my afflictions and my pain, and forgive all my sins. Behold my 
enemies: they have grown in number and have hated me with unfair hatred. Preserve my soul and 
deliver me that I may not be shamed; for I trust in You. The blameless and the righteous stood with me 
because I waited for You, O Lord. Deliver Israel, O Lord, of all its afflictions! 

Psalm 50 (51) 
Prayer of Repentance 

O God, have mercy on me in the greatness of Your love. In the abundace of Your tender mercies wipe 
out my offense. Wash me thoroughly from malice and cleanse me from sin. For I am well aware of my 
malice and my sin is before me always. It is You alone I have offended; I have done what is evil in Your 
sight. Wherefore, You are just in Your deeds and triumphant in Your judgment. Behold, I was born in 
iniquites and in sins my mother conceived me. But You are the Lover of Truth; You have shown me the 
depths and secrets of Your wisdom. Wash me with hyssop and I shall be pure; cleanse me and I shall be 
whiter than snow. Let me hear sounds of joy and feasting; the bones that were afflicted shall rejoice. 
Turn Your face away from my offenses and wipe off all my sins. A spotless heart create in me, O God; 
renew a steadfast spirit in my breast. Cast me not afar from Your face; take not Your blessed Spirit out 
of me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and let Your guiding Spirit dwell in me. I will teach Your 
ways to the sinners and the wicked shall return to You. Deliver me from blood-guilt, O God, my saving 
God, and my tongue will joyfully sing Your justice. O Lonj, You shall open my lips and my mouth will 
declare Your praise. Had You desired sacrifice, I would have offered it, but You will not be satisfied with 
whole-burnt offerings. Sacrifice to God is a contritie spirit; a crushed and humbled heart God will not 
spurn. In Your kindness, O Lord, be bountiful to Zion; may the walls of Jerusalem be restored. Then will 
You delight in just oblation; in sacrifice and whole-burnt offerings. Then shall they offer calves upon 
Your altar. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! 777A"ee times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper i<athismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

The First Troparia 

O Lord, Who at the third hour, sent You all-holy Spirit upon the Disciples, take Him not away from us, O 

Gracious Lord, but renew Him in us , we pray. Repeat after each verse. 

Verse 1 A pure heart create in me, O God! A steadfast spirit renew in me. 

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Glory be. ..now and ever...O Mother of God, you are the true Vine laden with the Fruit of Life; wherefore, 
we implore you, O Lady, to intercede together with the Apostles and all the Saints that we may obtain 
mercy for our souls. 

Blessed + is the Lord God! Blessed is the Lord day by day! May the God of our salvation smooth our 
path. Our God is the God + of salvation! 

The Second Troparia 

Blessed are You. O Christ our God, Who filled the fishermen with wisdom by sending down upon them 

Your Holy Spirit. Through them You drew the whole world into Your net. O Lover of Mankind, glory be 

to You! 

Glory be. ..When the Most high descended and confused tongues, He scattered the people, but when He 

distributed the tongues of fire. He called all men to unity. Therefore, with one voice, let us praise the 

Most Holy Spirit. 

Now and ever...O Most Pure Theotokos, you are a hope, a stronghold, and a refuge for Christians. You 

are an unconquerable wall and a peaceful haven for the weary. Through your unceasing intercession 

you are saving the world and we ask you to also remember us, O Virgin worthy of all praise. 

The Prayer of the Hour 

O God our Master, Almighty Father; Only-begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ, and You +, O Holy Spirit, 
One God and One Might, have mercy + on me a sinner, and save me, Your unworthy servant, according 
to the ways of Your wisdom. For You are blessed + forever and ever. Amen. 

If continuing with the next Hour, recite the three Come, let us... and begin the Psalms. Otherwise, recite 
the Prayer of St Ephrem and the Concluding Prayers. 

The Prayer of St. Ephrem 

O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. 

Prostration. 
Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and 
love. 

Prostration. 
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are 
blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 
O God, be merciful to me a sinner + and bow. O God, cleanse me of my sins, and have mercy on me + 
and bow. O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number + and bow. Repeat four times. 
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble- 
mindedness, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to 
judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 

The Sixth Hour 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction; if continuing from the Third Hour, see above. 

Psalm 53 

Confident Prayer in Tinies of Peril 

Save me, O God, by Your name and judge me by Your might. O God, hear my prayer; listen to the 
words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me and powerful men have pursued my soul 



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instead of contemplating God. Behold, God is my Helper and the Lord is the Sustainer of my soul. He 
will return evil upon my enemies; He will destroy them in His truth. With eager heart I will sacrifice to 
You; I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good. For You have delivered me from all affliction, and 
my eyes have looked down on my enemies. 

Psalm 54 

Prayer of a Man Persecuted 

O Lord, listen to my prayer and do not overlook my supplication; give heed to me and answer me. I was 
grieved in my meditation; I trembled at the enemy's shouts and at the oppression of the wicked one. 
They brought down evil upon me, and seethed with anger against me. My heart recoiled within me; the 
anguish of death befell me. Fear and trembling came upon me and darkness covered me up. And I 
said, who will give me wings like a dove's and I shall fly and I shall come to rest? Behold, I have fled to 
distant places and made the wilderness my home. I have waited for God to deliver me from 
faintheartedness and windy storm. O Lord, confound and divide their tongues, for I have seen evil and 
strife in the town. Day and night it whirls upon Its ramparts; inside there is sin and trouble and injustice. 
Usury and fraud are never absent from its public squares. Had it been a foe who insulted me, that I 
could have endured. Had he hated me who stood up against me, from him I could have hidden. But 
you, a man of kindred soul, my guide, my close acquaintance with whom I ate in sweet companionship 
and walked in hanmony within God's house! May death come down upon them; may they fall in the 
Abyss alive! For evil is within their dwellings, in the very midst of them. As for me, I have appealed to 
God and the Lord has heard me. At dusk, dawn, and noon, I will cry out and call, and He will hear my 
voice. He will deliver my soul in peace from those who came close to me, from the crowd that 
surrounded me. God, the Master before all ages, will hear and humble them. For in them there is no 
repentance, for they have not feared God. He offered His hand in Self-giving, but they broke away from 
His covenant. They were scattered by the anger of His face, and their hearts became tight. Their words 
were smoother than oil, but they themselves were darts. Place your burden upon the Lord, and He 
Himself will sustain you; He will never let the just be tossed around. But You, O Lord, shall cast them 
down into the pit of destruction, men of blood and deceit shall not live half their days; as for me, I will 
hope in You, O Lord! 

Psalm 90 

Security Under God's Protection 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High abides in the shadow of God of heaven. He will say to the 
Lord: my Wall, my Refuge, my God in Whom I will trust! He it is Who will save you from the hunter's 
snare, and from the deadly pestilence. With His pinions. He will overshadow you, and beneath His wings 
you shall rest secure. As a shield. His truth shall cover you; you shall not fear the terror of the night, nor 
the arrow that flies by day, nor the thing that lurks about in darkness, nor the pestilence or demon of the 
noon. Though a thousand may be falling at your side, and ten thousand at your right, no harm will come 
to you. But you with your eyes shall observe and see the retribution of the wicked. Because you have 
said: O Lord, You are my Hope! And you have taken the Most High as your refuge, no evil shall come 
close to you, nor shall any scourge approach your dwelling. For He will command the angels to watch 
over all your ways. In their hands they shall carry you lest you stumble with your foot against a stone. 
Upon the asp and the viper you shall tread; the lion ahd the dragon you shall trample. Because he 
trusted Me, I will save him; I will protect him for he knew My name. He will call on Me, and I will answer 
him; I am with him at the time of distress; I will deliver him and give him glory. With length of days I will 
feed him, and My salvation I will let him see. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper kathismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 



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Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

The First Troparia 

O Lord, on the sixth day and at the sixth and at the sixth hour, You nailed to the cross the sin which 

Adam presumed to commit in Paradise. Now also tear up the list of our iniquites, and save us, O Christ 

our God. Repeat after each verse. 

Verse 1 O Lord, listen to my prayer, be not aloof to my appeal. 

Verse 2 As for me, I have appealed to God, and the Lord has heard me. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Since we have no one in whom to confide because of our many sins, O Virgin 
Theotokos, intercede for us with the One Who was bom of you. For a mother's prayer is a powerful 
means for obtaining the Master's favor. You are most worthy of veneration, so do not turn away from the 
pleading of us sinners, for the One Who willed to suffer in the flesh for our sake is full of mercy, and His 
power is sufficient to save us. 

Let Your bounties, O Lord, come down upon us in haste, for our need has become great indeed. Help 
us, O God our Savior, for the glory of Your name. Save us, O Master, and forgive our sins for the sake 
+ of Your name. 

The Second Troparia 

You have wrought the salvation in the midst of the earth, O Christ our God. You have stretched out Your 

pure hands on the cross. You have gathered all nations to exclaim to You: Glory be to You, O Lord. 

Glory be...O Gracious Lord, we adore Your most pure image, begging forgiveness for our sins, O Christ 

our God. You have chosen to ascend the cross of Your own free will to save Your creatures from 

bondage to the enemy. Therefore, we cry out to You in gratitude: O our Savior, by coming down to save 

the world, You have filled all things with joy. 

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, take: 

Now and ever.. .Source of Mercy, and the Mother of our God, make us worthy to be pitied. Look down 

upon a sinful people, and show your power as always. Since we hope in you, we now greet you as did 

Gabriel, the leader of the heavenly hosts. 

On Wednesday and Friday, take: 

Now and ever...O most glorious Virgin and the Mother of our God, we praise you, for through the cross of 

your Son the Abyss was destroyed and Death was slain, and we who were dead have risen and are 

deemed worthy of life, and have regained Paradise, the first Garden of Eden. Therefore, we glorify you 

in thanksgiving to Christ our God, for He is Almighty, and He alone is full of mercy. 

The Prayer of the Hour 

O God, Lord of Powers and Maker of the whole creation, through Your compassion beyond our 
understanding. You sent down Your Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our 
race. Through His cross He cancelled the debt of our sins and triumphed over the powers and masters 
of darkness. Now accept from us sinners these prayers of thanksgiving and petition, and preserve us 
from any deadly fall in the darkness and against every visible and invisible enemy who may seek our 
harm. Pierce our bodies with fear of You, and let not our souls fall into evil words or thoughts, but, 
instead, wound them with longing for You so that, looking down upon You at all times and guided by the 
light that emanates from You, we may contemplate the unapproachable eternal light. May we ever 
address our thanksgiving and worship to You, O Etemal Father, and to Your Only-begotten Son, and to 
Your + All-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

If continuing with the next Hour, recite the three Come, let us... and begin the Psalms. Otherwise, recite 
the Prayer of St. Ephrem and the Concluding Prayers. 

The Prayer of St. Ephrem 



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O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. 

Prostration. 
Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and 
love. 

Prostration. 
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are 
blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 
O God, be merciful to me a sinner + and bow. O God, cleanse me of my sins, and have mercy on me + 
and bow. O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number + and bow. Repeat four times. 
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble- 
mindedness, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to 
judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 

The Ninth Hour 

Recite the Prayers of Introduction; if continuing from the Sixth Hour, see above. 

Psalm 83 

A Pilgrim's Song 

Listen to my words, O Lord. How lovely Your dwelling-place, O Lord of Powers; away from the Lord's 
courtyards, my soul yearns and pines. My heart and flesh have cried out for joy towards God alive. For 
the sparrow has found itself a home, and the dove a nest of its own where to cradle its young. Your 
altars, O Lord of Powers, my King and my God! Blessed are those who live in Your house; they will 
praise You forever and ever. Blessed is the man whose support You are; in his heart he has planned 
ascensions through the valley of weeping, to the place he has chosen. And the Lawmaker shall give 
blessings; they shall go from strength to strength, and the God of gods shall be seen in Zion. Listen to 
my prayer, O Lord God of Powers; O God of Jacob, lend Your ear. O God, our shield, behold and look 
upon the face of Your Anointed One. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I 
would rather be lowly in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord loves 
kindness and truth; God will bestow the grace and the glory. The Lord shall not deny good things to 
those who walk in innocence. O Lord of Powers, blessed is the man who hopes in You! 

Psalm 84 
Prayer for Peace 

O Lord, You have favored Your land; You have returned the captives of Jacob. You have remitted the 
sins of Your people; You have covered up all their offenses. You have made all Your anger subside; 
You have turned from the anger of Your Spirit. Change us, O God of our salvation, and tum Your wrath 
away from us. Be not angry with us forever^ will Your wrath endure from generation to generation? O 
God, You will return and quicken us that Your people may rejoice in You. O Lord, let us see Your loving- 
kindness, and grant us Your salvation. I will hear what the Lord God says within me, for He will speak 
peace to His people, and to His holy ones and to those who tum their hearts to Him. Now His salvation is 
at hand for those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Kindness and truth have come 
together; peace and righteousness have embraced. Truthfulness has grown out of the earth; 
righteousness has bowed down from heaven. For the Lord will provide happiness, and our earth shall 
yield its fruit. Righteousness shall walk before Him and guide His footsteps on the way. 

Psalm 85 
Prayer in Times of Trial 



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Lend Your ear, O Lord and listen to me; for I am distressed and in need. Guard my soul for I am pure. 
O my God, save Your servant whose hope is in You! Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I will cry out to You 
all the day. Comfort the soul of Your servant, for 1 have lifted up my soul to You. You are generous and 
gentle, O Lord, full of loving-kindness for those who pray to You. O Lord, listen to my prayer; be 
attentive to the voice of my supplication. On the day of my affliction, I called out to You and You heard 
me. Of all the gods, there is not one like You, nor is there any work to match what You do. All the 
nations which You made come up and worship You and give glory to Your name, O Lord. For You are 
great, and a Wonderworker; You are the only God. Lead me along Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in 
Your truth. Let my heart rejoice for having feared Your name. I will confess You with all my heart, O 
Lord my God, and I will give glory to Your name forever. For great is Your kindness to me, O Lord, and 
You have saved my soul from the depth of the Abyss. Wicked men have risen up against me, O God, 
and a band of strong men have sought my life and they did not keep You in mind. But You, O Lord my 
God, are compassionate and kind; slow to anger and full of tenderness and truth. Look upon me and 
have mercy on me; give Your strength to Your servant and save the son of Your handmaid. Give me a 
token of Your favor, and those who hate me shall behold and cringe. For You, O Lord, have helped me 
and comforted me. Give me a token of Your favor, and those who hate me shall behold and cringe. For 
You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be + to You, O God! Three times, each with a bow. 

The Psalter 

Turn to the proper kathismata. At the conclusion, continue with: 

Lord, have mercy. Three times. 

The First Troparia 

O Lord, Who for our sake, endured bodily death at the ninth hour, subdue the passions of our flesh, O 
Christ our God, and save us. Repeat after each verse. 

Verse 1 Let my prayer come before You, O Lord; give me understanding according to Your word. 
Verse 2 Let my supplication come before You. O Lord, deliver me according to Your word. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O gracious Lord, for our sake You were born of the Virgin and were crucified. 
You crushed Death by Your death, and, being God, brought forth the resurrection. Do not turn away 
from those You have made with Your hands, but reveal instead Your love to us, O Lord of Mercy. 
Accept as intercessor the Virgin Theotokos who gave You birth. O our Savior, save a desparate people. 

For the sake of Your holy name, do not abandon us forever; do not forget Your covenant. For the sake 
of Abraham the trustful one, Isaac Your servant, and Israel Your holy one, do not take Your + mercies 
away from us. 

The Second Troparia 

When the thief beheld the Author of Life hanging upon the cross, he cried out: "If this One crucified with 

us were not an Incarnate God, the sun would not have dimmed its light, nor would the earth have shaken 

with trembling. But You, O Lord, Who suffers for all men, remember me, when You come into Your 

kingdom." 

Glory be... Your cross, in the midst of the thieves, became a balance of justice; for one of them fell down 

into hell through the weight of blasphemy, while the other was lifted out of his sins unto knowledge of 

things divine. O Christ our God, glory be to You! 

Now and ever.. .When she who bore You beheld You upon the cross, O Lamb and Shepherd and Savior 

of the World, she tearfully cried out: "The world rejoices at the sight of its redemption, but my heart is on 

fire as I see Your pain on this cross which You endure for the sake of all, O my Son and my God." 



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The Prayer of the Hour 

O Master, Lord Jesus Christ, You patiently endured our sins and led us to this very hour at which You 
were hung upon the life-giving wood. You opened a way to paradise to the penitent thief, and crushed 
Death by Your death. Now forgive the trespasses that we Your servants have committed, unworthy 
sinners that we are. We have sinned indeed and transgressed Your law. We are unworthy even to lift 
up our eyes to heaven, for we have abandoned the path of Your holiness and pursued the desires of our 
hearts. But now we implore Your immense goodness: Spare us, O Lord, in the multitude of Your 
mercies; save us for the sake of Your most holy name. Our days were spent in vanity; wrest us from 
hands of our enemy, and forgive our sins. Subdue in us the cravings of our flesh, so that, after putting 
off the old man, we may put on the new and live for You, our Lord and Benefactor; and that obeying Your 
commandments, we may reach eternal repose in the place where all the blessed abide; for You are truly 
joy and delight to those who love You, O Christ our God. We send up glory to You, and to Your eternal 
Father, and to Your + all-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. 

The Prayer of St. Ephrem 

O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. 

Prostration. 
Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and 
love. 

Prostration. 
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are 
blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 
O God, be merciful to me a sinner + and bow. O God, cleanse me of my sins, and have mercy on me + 
and bow. O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number + and bow. Repeat four times. 
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power 
and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble- 
mindedness, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to 
judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. 

Prostration. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 



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The Hours for Bright Week 

The Hours for Bright Week are taken for all the Hours - First; Third; Sixth, and Ninth - from Pascha 
(Easter Sunday) and for all the days of Bright Week, through Saturday. There are no readings from the 
Psalter 

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have + mercy on us. Amen. 

Christ is risen from the dead! By death He conquered Death, and to those in the graves He granted life. 
Three times. 

Having beheld the resurrection of Christ, let us adore the holy Lord Jesus Who alone is sinless. We bow 
+ to Your cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Your holy resurrection. You are our God and beside 
You we recognize no other, and we invoke Your Name. Come, all you faithful, and let us bow + to the 
holy resurrection of Christ, since - through the cross - joy has come to all the world. Ever praising the 
Lord, let us extol His resurrection, since He - having endured the crucifixion - has destroyed Death by His 
death. 

Hypakoje 

The women with Mary, before the dawn, found the stone rolled away from the tomb, and they heard the 
Angel say: "Why do you seek among the dead, as a mortal, the One Who abides in everlasting light? 
Behold the linens of burial. Go in haste and proclaim to the worid that, having conquered Death, the 
Lord is risen; for He is the Son of God, the Savior of mankind." 

Kontakion 

Although You descended into the grave, O Immortal, You destroyed the power of Death. You arose as a 
victor, O Christ God. You told the women bearing ointment: "Rejoice!" You gave peace to Your 
Apostles and resurrection to the Fallen. 

Troparia 

Being God, You were present in the tomb by Your body, and yet in Hades by Your soul, in Paradise with 

the thief, and on the throne, O Christ, with the Father and the + Holy Spirit, filling all things but 

encompassed by none. 

Glory be...O Christ, Your tomb, the fount of our resurrection, is indeed a giver of life more splendid than 

Paradise and more radiant than any royal chamber. 

Now and ever.. .Hail, holy and deified dwelling of the Most High, for through you, O Theotokos, joy has 

been given to those who cry out: "Blessed are you among women, O Lady most pure!" 

Lord, have mercy. Forty times. 

Recite the Concluding Prayers. 

Recite Christ is risen... three times; at the end, add: 

And to us He granted life eternal. Let us venerate + His resurrection on the third day! 



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The Propers for Sundays and Weekdays: 
Troparia; Stichera, and Sessional Hymns 

Tone 1 

Troparia 

Troparion The stone was sealed by the Jews, soldiers guarded Your most pure Body, and You, O 

Savior, arose on the third day granting life to the world. The heavenly Powers acclaimed You, O Giver 

of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your majesty! Glory to Your plan of salvation! 

You alone love mankind. 

Kontakion You, being God, arose in glory from the grave, raising the world with You. Mankind praises 

You as God; Death reigns no more. Adam sings in exulatation, O Lord; Eve, freed from bondage, cries 

joyfully: O Christ, it is You Who gives resurrection to all. 

Theotokion O Christ our God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb, and blessed, as it 

was proper, the hands of Simeon. Today, You have come to bring us deliverance. Give peace to 

nations at war and strengthen our civil authorities, for You alone love mankind. 

Stichera 

Accept our evening prayer, O holy Lord, and grant us forgiveness of sins, for You alone manifested the 
Resurrection to the worid. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let us praise the Virgin Mary who, although born of our humanity, gave birth to 
the Lord of All. The angels extol her in song; for she is the glory of the whole worid, the gateway to 
heaven, and the adornment of the faithful. As the Mother of God, she is heaven itself and the very 
temple of God. She broke down the wall of enmity between mankind and God, thereby bringing us 
peace and opening the gates of the Kingdom. Let us therefore, cling to her as the anchor of our faith, 
and our Lord, Who was born of her, will be our Protector. Take courage then, O people of God, for the 
Almighty himself will defeat your enemies. 

Sessional Hymns 

The soldiers guarding your tomb, O Savior, became as dead men at the lightning flash of the angel who 
appeared to announce Your Resurrection to the women. We glorify You, for You have cleansed us from 
corruption. We fall down before You, for You rose from the tomb, our only God. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .We acknowledge you as the Theotokos, and after giving birth you remained 
truly a virgin. We eageriy seek refuge in your goodness, for we sinners have taken you as our 
intercessor, and in temptations we find salvation in you; for you alone are all pure. 

Tone 2 

Troparia 

Troparion When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed the Abyss by the radiance of 

Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, all the heavenly Powers cried 

out: "O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory be to You." 

Kontakion You arose from the grave, Almighty Savior. Seeing the miracle, the Abyss was struck with 

fear; the dead arose. At this sight, all creation rejoices with You. Adam join with exultation, and the 

worid, O my Savior, sings Your praises forever. 

Theotokion The grave and death did not detain the Mother of God. She prays perpetually and is our 

unfailing hope of intercession; for He Who dwelt in the womb of the ever-Virgin, transferred to life the 

Mother of Life. 

Stichera 



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Come, let us adore God the Word, Who was bom of the Father before all ages, and was incarnate of the 
Virgin Mary; for of His own free will He suffered the Cross and submitted Himself to burial, and arose 
from the dead to save me, a sinful one. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .At the coming of grace, O Virgin, the shadow of the Law passed away. For, as 
the bush, though burning, was not consumed, you, though giving birth, still remained a virgin. In place of 
the pillar of fire, the Sun of Righteousness shone forth. Instead of Moses, Christ, the Salvation of Our 
Souls, appeared. 

Sessional Hymns 

The noble Joseph took down Your most pure body from the cross; he wrapped it in a clean shroud and 
with fragrant spices laid it in burial in a new tomb. But You arose in three days, O Lord, bestowing great 
mercy upon the world. 

Glory be. ..now and ever. .We praise you, O Theotokos for you are covered with glory more than any 
other. Death has been put to death and Hades trampled underfoot by the cross of your Son. He raised 
us from death, granting us etemal life. Paradise is again offered for us to enjoy as before. Therefore, in 
thanksgiving we glorify the love and power of Christ our God. 

Tone 3 

Troparia 

Troparion Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad! With His arm the Lord has won victory. By 

His death the Lord has conquered Death. He has become the first born of the dead; He has delivered us 

from the depths of the Abyss, and has granted great mercy to the world. 

Kontakion Today, You arose from the grave, Merciful Lord; You rescued us from the gates of death. 

Today, Adam sings in exultation and Eve rejoices. With them, the Prophets and Patriarchs ever praise 

the might of Your divine power. 

Theotokion Today the Virgin is present in the Church and with the armies of saints invisibly prays to 

God for us. The angels worship with the archangels, and the Apostles rejoice with the Prophets, because 

in our behalf, the Mother of God prays to the etemal God. 

Stichera 

By Your Cross, O Christ our Savior, the power of Death has been vanquished and the deceit of the devil 
has been destroyed. Therefore, mankind, saved by faith, offers You hymns of praise forever. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O most honorable Virgin, we are filled with awe when we consider that you 
gave birth to Christ Who is both God and man. O Immaculate Lady, without knowing man, you gave 
birth in the flesh to a Son without a human father. This Son, from all eternity, was begotten by God the 
Father without a mother, and when He took on our human nature. He did not undergo any change. 
Nothing was added to His divine nature, nor was it divided. The properties of both His divine and human 
nature remained intact. We, therefore, entreat you, O Blessed Virgin, to save the souls of those who, in 
orthodoxy, acknowledge you as the Theotokos! 

Sessional Hymns 

Christ is risen from the dead. He Who is the first fruits of those that had been asleep, the first-born of 

creation and the Creator of all things that were made. By Himself, He renewed the nature of our corrupt 

race. Therefore, O Death, you shall reign no more, for the Lord of all nullified your power and dissolved 

it. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. Gabriel was rapt in amazement as he beheld your virginity and the splendor of 

your purity, O Mother of God, and he cried out to you; By what name shall I call you? I am bewildered; I 

am lost! I shall greet you as I was commanded to do: Rejoice, O woman full of grace! 



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Tone 4 

Troparia 

Troparion The joyful message of the resurrection was heard by the faithful women from the Angel. And 

being freed from (he ancestral curse, they boasted to the Apostles: Dead and despoiled is Death; Christ 

our God is risen, giving great mercy to the world. 

Kontakion O my Savior and Redeemer, being God, You raised from the grave men who were in chains 

and destroyed the gates of the Abyss, and being the Lord, You arose on the third day. 

Theotokion Through your holy birth, O Immaculate One, Joachim and Anne were freed from the 

reproach of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. Delivered from the guilt of 

sin, your people celebrate this when they cry out to you: She who is barren gives birth to the Mother of 

God, and the Sustainer of our life. 

Stichera 

We never cease to adore Your life-giving Cross, O Christ our God, and we glorify Your resurrection on 
the third day. For You, Almighty One, have thereby restored the corrupted nature of all and reopened 
the way to heaven, since You alone are gracious and You love mankind. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Mother of God, David the Prophet and Forefather of Christ, foretold in song 
the great things that would happen to you. He revealed that you would be a queen, standing at the right 
hand of God, and that you would be the Mother of Life and Intercessor for the world. He prophesied that 
God, in His good will toward all, would become incamate of you without a human father. Thus He would 
restore His image within us, which had become disfigured by our passions. He would seek out the lost 
sheep that was trapped in the hills; He would lift it upon His shoulder and carry it to His Father Who 
would place it in the midst of His heavenly hosts. In like manner, Christ will save the world because of 
His great and abundant mercy. 

Sessional Hymns 

The myrrh-bearing women looked into the entrance of the tomb, and because they could not bear the 
brilliance of the angel, they trembled in astonishment and said: Has He Who opened paradise to the 
thief been stolen, or is He Who proclaimed His Resurrection before His passion now risen? Truly, Christ 
is risen, granting resun"ection and life to those in Hades. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Your betrothed and guardian, O Theotokos, was amazed and perplexed when 
he beheld the mystery of your conception without seed. But he recalled the rain falling on the fleece, and 
the bush burning with fire but not consumed, and the blossoming rod of Aaron; thus he testified before 
the priests and cried out: A Virgin gives birth and still remains a virgin. 

Tone 5 

Troparia 

Troparion Let us the faithful, praise the Word eternal with the Father and + the Spirit. Let us adore Him 

Who was born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He willed to ascend the cross as man and to suffer 

death and to raise the dead by His glorious resun-ection. 

Kontakion O Savior, You descended into the Abyss. Being the Almighty, You destroyed its power. 

Being the Creator, You raised the dead and dulled the sting of Death, and Adam was delivered from the 

curse. And we all cry out to You; O Lord, Lover of Mankind, save us! 

Ttieotokion Hail, Gate of the Lord no one can enter! Hail, defense and protection of those who come to 

you! Hail, peaceful haven who has never known man and yet has given birth to your Maker and God! 

Never cease to intercede for those who sing the praise of the One Who was born of you, of those who 

worship Him. 

Sticliera 



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With Your precious Cross, O Christ, You have put the Devil to shame. With Your resurrection You have 
deadened the sting of sin, and have saved us from the gates of Death. We, therefore, glorify You, O 
only-begotten Son of God. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The passing of the Israelites through the Red Sea was already a 
foreshadowing of the virgin-birth. On that occasion, Moses parted the waters; at the Incarnation, Gabriel 
announced the miracle of God's union with Mary. In ancient times, the Israelites passed through the 
depths of the sea without being drenched by the waters; now the Virgin has given birth to Christ without 
seed. After the Israelites passed through the sea, it remained impassible; after the birth of Emmanuel, 
the Immaculate Virgin remains forever inconupt. O God, Who exists from all eternity, and yet appeared 
as man, have mercy on us. 

Sessional Hymns 

Let us praise the honored cross of the Lord; let us venerate His holy burial with hymns; let us glorify His 
holy Resurrection. For He raised the dead from the graves because He is God. He despoiled the might 
of Death and broke the power of Satan, and He shed light on those who are in Hades. 
Glory be.. .now and ever... Rejoice, O holy mountain which the Lord ascended! Rejoice, O living bush, 
unconsumed by the fire! Rejoice, only bridge reaching from the world to God and leading the dead to 
etemal life! Rejoice, O pure one, free of corruption; you gave birth without the aid of man to the Savior 
of the world! 

Tones 

Troparia 

Troparion Angelic Powers descended to Your grave, and the guards fell down and appeared dead. 
Mary came to the grave seeking Your most pure Body. You conquered and despoiled the Abyss without 
being touched by it. You, the Giver of Life, met the Virgin. O Lord, risen from the dead, glory be to You. 
Kontakion Christ our God, the Life-giver, with His life giving hand raised the dead from the valley of 
death, granting resurrection to all mankind. He is the Savior, the Resurrection, the Life and God of all. 
Theotokion O gentle Protectress of Christians, unfailing Mediatrix before the Creator, do not despise 
the prayerful voices of sinners, but in your goodness, hasten to assist those who trustfully cry out to you: 
Inspire us to prayer, and hasten to hear our supplication. Intercede always. Mother of God, in behalf of 
those who honor you. 

Stichera 

O Christ, You won the victory over Hades; You ascended the Cross so that You might raise up with 
Yourself all those who dwelt in the darkness of death. Almighty Savior, You are free from death and 
bestow life by Your divine light. We, therefore, beseech You to have mercy on us. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Who would not bless you, most holy Virgin? Who would not praise the most 
pure manner in which you gave birth? For the only-begotten Son, Who eternally proceeds from the 
Father, came forth from you. He took flesh from you in a manner that is beyond understanding. He, 
Who by nature is God, took on our nature for our sake. Yet, He did not become divided into two person; 
rather, He remained one person with two distinct and unconfused natures. O most pure Lady, we 
implore you: Beseech your Son and God to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

When the tomb was shown to be open and Hades was lamenting, Mary cried out to the apostles who 
were hiding and said: Come out, laborers of the vineyard, and proclaim the news of the Resurrection; for 
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Glory be. ..now and ever...O Theotokos, Gideon prefigured your conception, and David interpreted your 
birthgiving. As dew descended upon the fleece, so the Word descended into your womb. O holy Earth, 
who - without seed - gave birth to Christ our God, the salvation of the world, You are full of grace. 

Tone 7 

Troparia 

Troparion You have destroyed Death by Your cross; You opened Paradise to the thief. The sorrow of 

the women You turned to joy. You commanded Your Apostles to proclaim to all: Christ our God has 

arisen, granting great mercy to the world. 

Kontakion No longer can the might of Death rule over men. Christ has come, destroying and crushing 

its power. The Abyss is now in chains. The prophets, with joy, unite in proclaiming: The Savior has 

appeared, saying to those wo believe: Come forth. Faithful, to the resurrection. 

Theotokion O Praiseworthy Mother of God, you have saved sinners by giving birth to Christ our 

salvation. Before His birth you were a virgin while bearing Him; you remained a virgin, and after His 

birth you retained virginity. You are the treasury of our resun^ection and the hope of all. You raise those 

who trust in you from the abyss of their transgressions. 

Stichera 

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, Who destroyed the power of Death and enlightened the human race, 
and let us cry out with the angels: Glory to You, our Creator and Savior! 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Mother of God, we acknowledge that you are both a mother and a virgin, 
even though this is beyond the power of nature. Who could ever understand or explain such a mystery? 
O most pure Virgin, the manner in which you conceived was most glorious, and the mere thought of your 
bearing God Himself within you is astounding. Moreover, who could even begin to describe the 
wondrous way in which you gave birth? But, when God so wills, the very order of nature is abolished. 
Because of this, we all recognize you as truly the Mother of God, and we fervently beseech you: Pray for 
the salvation of our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

Truly Life was placed in a grave, and a seal was placed on the stone, and the soldiers guarded Christ as 
they would a slumbering king. The angels therefore glorified Him as the Immortal God, and the women 
cried out and said: The Lord is risen and gives great mercy to the worid. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Virgin Theotokos, intercede without ceasing with Christ our God, Who was 
crucified for us and destroyed the power of Death, that He may save our souls. 

Tones 

Troparia 

Troparion You descended from on high, O Merciful Lord. You accepted the grave for three days to 

deliver us from our passions. O Lord, our Resurrection and our Life, glory be to You. 

Kontakion Rising from the grave You raised the dead. You lifted up Adam and Eve rejoices in Your 

resurrection. The world acclaims Your rising from the dead, O Most Merciful Lord. 

Theotokion O Mother of God, we your servants sing a hymn of thanks to you, a hymn of triumph to a 

valiant leader, for you have delivered us from all peril. We now exclaim to you: Hail, O Bride and 

Maiden ever-pure! 

Stichera 

O Christ, during this spiritual service, we sing to You these evening prayers, commemorating the mercy 
You have shown us by Your resurrection. 



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Glory be. ..now and ever.. .In His love for mankind, the King of Heaven appeared on earth and dwelt 
among us. For He took flesh from the pure Virgin, and, being thus incarnate. He came forth from her. 
The only Son of God remained one person, but He now possessed two natures. For this reason, we 
profess that He is truly perfect God and perfect man. Therefore, we beseech you, O Virgin Mother: 
Implore Christ, Whom we proclaim as God, to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

You have risen from the dead, O Life of all, and a resplendent angel said to the women: Dry your tears 
and proclaim the good news to the apostles, and cry out in praise that Christ the Lord is risen, and as 
God He was pleased to save mankind. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let us glorify the tabernacle and the heavenly gate, the most holy mountain 
and the shining cloud, the heavenly ladder and the mystical paradise, the deliverance of Eve and the 
precious and great treasure of the universe. For through her, salvation came to the world, and the 
ancient debt was forgiven. Therefore, we cry out to her: Intercede with your Son and God to grant 
forgiveness of sins to those who bow in true worship to your most holy birthgiving. 

Troparia for Weekdays 
Monday 

In honor of the Holy Angels 

Troparion Tone 4 O Leaders of the heavenly armies, although we are unworthy, we beseech you that 

with your prayers you may encircle us with the protection of the wings of your angelic glory. Watch over 

us as we bow low and eamestly cry out to you: Deliver us from trouble, O Princes of the heavenly 

armies. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O Princes of the armies of God, and servants of the Divine Glory, guardians of 

human creatures and leaders of the heavenly hosts, intercede for us that we obtain what is good for us, 

and seek abundant mercy for us, for you are the Princes of the heavenly armies. 

Tuesday 
In honor of St. John the Forerunner 

Troparion Tone 2 The remembrance of the Just is worthy of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient 
for you, O Forerunner, for it has shown that you are indeed more worthy of honor than the Prophets, for 
you were found worthy to baptize in the waters Him Whom you foretold. Thereafter, you suffered for the 
truth and, rejoicing, also announced the good news to those in the lower regions that God had appeared 
as man, taking away the sins of the worid and granting to all of us the abundance of mercy. 
Kontakion Tone 3 Today, she who was previously barren gives birth to the Forerunner of Christ Who is 
the fulfillment of all prophecy. In the Jordan he laid his hand upon Him Whom the Prophets foretold, 
showing himself to be the Prophet, the Herald, and also the Forerunner of the Word of God. 

Wednesday and Friday 

In honor of the Holy Cross 

Troparion Tone 1 Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; grant victory to Your Church 
over her enemies, and protect Your people by your cross. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Willingly raised on the cross, O Christ our God, You bestowed Your mercies upon a 
new people bearing Your name. With Your power grant joy to our civil authorities, giving them victory 
over enemies, with the invincible standard, Your weapon of peace, as an ally. 

Thursday 

In honor the the Holy Apostles and Disciples and St. Nicholas of Myra 

Troparion for the Apostles Tone 3 O holy Apostles, we ask you to entreat our merciful God to grant 
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Troparion for St. Nicholas Tone 4 The sincerity of your deeds has revealed you to your flock as a 
teacher of moderation, a model of faith, and an example of virtue. Therefore, you attained greatness 
through humility, and wealth through poverty. O Father and Archbishop Nicholas, ask Christ our God to 
save our souls. 

Kontakion for the Apostles Tone 2 O Lord, You have received the steadfast Preachers of the good 
news, the crown of Your Apostles, into the enjoyment of Your goodness and repose. You have accepted 
their struggles and death before any other sacrifice, for You alone know the hearts of men. 
Troparion for St Nicholas Tone 3 You were a true priestly worker in Myra, O Holy One, for zealously 
living the gospel of Christ, you dedicated your life to your people and you saved the innocent from death. 
Therefore, you have been sanctified as one who has enterd the mystery of God's grace. 

Saturday 

In honor of All the Saints and the Deceased 

Troparion for All Saints Tone 2 O Apostles, Martyrs, Prophets, and Hierarchs, O holy men and 
women, you have fought the good fight and kept the faith. Since you have acquired favor with the 
Savior, we beseech you to intercede with Him in His goodness that He may save our souls. 
Troparion for the Deceased Tone 8 O Gracious Lord, remember Your servants and forgive every sin 
they have committed in their life; for there is none without sin but You alone, and You have power to 
grant rest to the departed. 

Kontakion for All Saints Tone 8 O Lord, Author of All Creation, the universe offers to You the God- 
bearing Martyrs as the first-fruits of nature. Through their prayers and through the Theotokos, preserve 
Your Church, Your dwelling-place, in perfect peace, O Most Merciful One. 

Kontakion for the Deceased Tone 8 With the Saints, O Christ, give rest to Your servants where there 
is no pain, sorrow, nor mourning, but life everlasting. 

Sessional Hymns for Weekdays 

Monday 

In sin my mother conceived me and like the Prodigal Son I dare not raise my eyes toward heaven, but 
Your love reassures me and, therefore, I cry out; Forgive me, O God, and save me. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Virgin who is higher than the bodiless angels and who alone surpasses the 
heavenly ranks, you receive the praise that is your due from the angels. Intercede with them before your 
Son that He may deliver me from the tyranny of my sinful desires. 

Tuesday 

In former times in the waters of the Jordan, you baptized the One by Whom the world is purified. Now 
wash me of every stain, O Forerunner, for I am submerged in the streams of sin. Intecede unceasingly 
for us before the Lord and Lover of Mankind. 

Glory be.. .now and ever.. .Leaping for joy in his mother's womb, by divine grace, John recognized the 
God Whom you carried, O Virgin, and filled with faith he adored Him. Together with the Precursor, beg 
the Word, to Whom you gave flesh, to save your servants. 

Wednesday 

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; grant victory to Your Church over her enemies, 
and protect Your people by your cross. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Virgin, we are assured of your Protection, and by your prayers we are 
delivered from all danger. Guarded at all times by the cross of your Son, we your faithful extol you. 

Thursday 



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O holy Nicholas, as a bishop you lived in Myra, yet you were consecrated by the myrrh of the Spirit. By 
your miracles, the sweet fragrance of your holiness, you anoint with a fragrant aroma those who honor 
your sacred memory with the incense of their hymns. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .By their inspired teachings, the disciples and deified apostles have all 
announced your wondrous birthgiving, O Immaculate Virgin; they have taught us to bow before you, O 
Theotokos. We now beseech you to intercede with them for the salvation of your faithful servants. 

Friday 

O Lover of Mankind, we bow low before the tree of Your cross; on it You were nailed. You, the Life of the 
universe. To the Good Thief who turned to You in Faith, O Savior, You have opened paradise. And he 
obtained eternal happiness by crying out: Remember me, O Lord. In the same way, receive us who cry 
to You: We have all sinned; in Your goodness do not despise us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .When I see You lifeless and naked on the cross, O my Son who is all-good and 
the Lord all-powerful, a sword pierces my heart; I am cruelly wounded, sighed the Immaculate Virgin, 
whom we praise as the Mother of the Lord and whom we glorify with faith. 

Saturday 

Because of the sufferings Your saints endured for You, have pity on us, O our God; heal all our sorrows, 
we pray You, O Lord and Lover of Mankind. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Holy Tabernacle, when Gabriel cried out to you: Rejoice, O Virgin full of 
grace, the Lord of all became incarnate of you, as the righteous David had foretold. In bearing Your 
Creator, you have shown yourself to suprass the vastness of the heavens. We, therefore, cry out: Glory 
to Him who dwelt in you! Glory to Him who came forth from you! Glory to Him who has set us free 
through your life-giving birth! 

The Stichera is found in the Common Propers of the fVlenaion. 



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The Menaion: 
Moveable Feasts and Holydays 

Pascha: The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ - 

Easter Sunday 

Troparia 

Troparion Special Tone 5 Christ is risen from the dead! By death he conquered Death and to those in 
the graves He granted life. 

Kontakion Tone 8 Rising from the grave You raised the dead. You lifted up Adam and Eve rejoices in 
Your resurrection. The worid acclaims Your rising from the dead, O Most Merciful Lord. 

The Stichera and Sessional Hymns are taken in the Church Sen/ices. 

Bright Monday 
Troparia 
Same as Pascha. 

Stichera 

Come, let us adore God the Word, Who was bom of the Father before all ages, and was incarnate of the 
Virgin Mary; for of His own free will He suffered the Cross and submitted Himself to burial, and arose 
from the dead to save me, a sinful one. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .At the coming of grace, O Virgin, the shadow of the Law passed away. For, as 
the bush, though burning, was not consumed, you, though giving birth, still remained a virgin. In place of 
the pillar of fire, the Sun of Righteousness shone forth. Instead of Moses, Christ, the Salvation of Our 
Souls, appeared. 

Omit the Sessional Hymns. 

Bright Tuesday 

Troparia 
Same as Pascha. 

Stichera 

By Your Cross. O Christ our Savior, the power of Death has been vanquished and the deceit of the devil 
has been destroyed. Therefore, mankind, saved by faith, offers You hymns of praise forever. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .0 most honorable Virgin, we are filled with awe when we consider that you 
gave birth to Christ Who is both God and man. O Immaculate Lady, without knowing man, you gave 
birth in the flesh to a Son without a human father. This Son, from all eternity, was begotten by God the 
Father without a mother, and when He took on our human nature. He did not undergo any change. 
Nothing was added to His divine nature, nor was it divided. The properties of both His divine and human 
nature remained intact. We, therefore, entreat you, O Blessed Virgin, to save the souls of those who, in 
orthodoxy, acknowledge you as the Theotokos! 

Omit the Sessional Hymns. 



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For Bright Wednesday through Bright Saturday, the Troparia is the same as Pascha. The Stichera is: 
Wednesday, Tone 4; Thursday, Tone 5; Friday, Tone 6; Saturday, Tone 8; omit the Sessional Hymns. 

Second Paschal Sunday: The Sunday of St. Thomas 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 7 Though the tomb had been sealed, from the tomb You arose, O Life and Christ our 
God. Though the door had been locked, You appeared among the Disciples, O Resurrection of All, and 
thus You restored an upright spirit for us according to Your great mercy. 

Kontakion Tone 8 Thomas placed his restless hand into Your life-giving side, O Christ our God, and 
since You entered, although the doors were locked, he cried to You with the other Apostles: You are my 
Lord and my God! 

Stichera 

When the doors were closed and the disciples were gathered together. You suddenly appeared in their 
midst, O Jesus our Almighty God. You granted them peace and filled them with the Holy Spirit; You 
commanded them to wait and not depart from Jerusalem until they were clothed with power from on 
high. Therefore, we cry to You, O Lord: Glory to You, our Light, our Resurrection, and our Peace. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Although the doors were locked. You appeared to Your disciples, O Christ; but 
through providence, Thomas was not with them. For he said: I will not believe until I see the Lord, until I 
see the side from which the blood and water of our baptism came forth, until I see the wound by which 
He healed all men from the great wound, and I see that He is not a pure spirit, but a man made of flesh 
and bones. Therefore, O Lord, who trampled Death and made Thomas firm in his belief, O Lord, glory to 
You! 

Sessional Hymns 

The disciples were in hiding out of fear of the Jews, and they gathered in the upper room in Zion. You 
stood in their midst, O Lord of goodness, and though the doors were closed. You appeard and filled them 
with joy. You showed them Your hands and the wound of Your side, saying to the doubting disciple: 
Stretch forth your hand and know that it is I Who have suffered for you. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

For the Week of St. Thomas, either repeat the propers above, or recite the propers from the Menaion of 
Immovable Feasts. 

Third Paschal Sunday: The Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women and Joseph of 

Arimathea 

Troparia 

First Troparion Tone 2 The noble Joseph took down Your most pure body from the cross. He wrapped 

it in a clean shroud and, with fragrant spices, laid it in burial in a new tomb. But You arose in three days, 

O Lord, bestowing great mercy upon the wortd. 

Second Troparion Tone 2 The Angel stood by the tomb and cried out to the women bringing ointment: 

Ointments are for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself not subject to con"uption. So now cry out: The 

Lord has risen, bestowing great mercy upon the worid. 

Third Troparion Tone 2 When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed the Abyss by 

the radiance of Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, all the 

heavenly Powers cried out: O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory be to You. 



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First Kontakion Tone 2 By Your resurrection, O Christ our God, You told the women bringing ointment 
to rejoice, and You stilled the weeping of Eve, the first mother. You instructed the women to announce 
to Your Apostles: The Savior has risen from the tomb. 

Second Kontakion Tone 8 Although You descended into the grave, O Immortal One, You destroyed 
the Power of Death. You arose again as a victor, O Christ God. You announced to the women bearing 
ointment: Rejoice! You gave peace to Your apostles and resurrection to the Fallen. 

Stichera 

The myrrh-bearing women, O Savior, came to Your grave, and they saw that it was empty but did not 
find Your most pure body. Therefore, they cried out with tears and said: Who has robbed us of our 
hope! Who has taken away a naked and anointed corpse, the only consolation to His Mother? How 
could they bury the One who trampled down Hades? But in Your own power, O Lord, arise after three 
days as You said and grant great mercy to our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .At the coming of grace, O Virgin, the shadow of the Law passed away. For, as 
the bush, though burning, was not consumed, You - though giving birth - still remained a virgin. In place 
of the pillar of fire, the Sun of Righteousness shone forth. Instead of Moses, Christ - the salvation of our 
souls - appeared. 

Sessional Hymns 

The myrrh-bearing women arrived eariy in the morning and seeing the tomb of the Lord empty, they ran 
to the apostles and said: The Mighty One has broken the strength of Death and has delivered all those 
held in the bonds of Hades. Announce with confidence that Christ our God is truly risen and grants great 
mercy to us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .We praise you, O Theotokos, for you are covered with glory more than any 
other. Death has been put to death and Hades trampled underfoot by the Cross of your Son. He raised 
us from death, granting us eternal life. Paradise is again offered for us to enjoy as before. Therefore, in 
thanksgiving we glorify the love and power of Christ our God. 

For the Week of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, either repeat the propers above, or recite the propers from 
the !\/lenaion of Immovable Feasts. 

Fourth Paschal Sunday: The Sunday of the Paralytic 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad! With His arm the Lord has won 

victory. By His death the Lord has conquered Death. He has become the first born of the dead; He has 

delivered us from the depths of the Abyss, and has granted great mercy to the worid. 

First Kontakion Tone 3 With Your divine protection, O Lord, as You once raised the paralytic, now lift 

up my soul paralyzed with all kinds of sin and evil deeds of wickedness, so that, as saved, I may cry out 

to You: Glory be to Your might, O Merciful Christ! 

Second Kontakion Tone 8 Although You descended into the grave, O Immortal One, You destroyed 

the Power of Death. You arose again as a victor, O Christ God. You announced to the women bearing 

ointment: Rejoice! You gave peace to Your apostles and resurrection to the Fallen. 

Stichera 

O ineffable goodness Who created the human form. You came to heal those who are ill. O Christ, by 
Your word You raised the Paralytic at the Sheep Pool; You healed the suffering of the woman with the 
flow of blood; You showed mercy to the tormented daughter of the Canaanite woman, and You did not 
disdain the prayer of the centurion. Because of this we cry out in praise: O Almighty Lord, glory to You! 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O most honorable Virgin, we are filled with awe when we consider that you 
gave birth to Christ Who is both God and man. O Immaculate Lady, without knowing man, you gave 



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birth in the flesh to a Son without a human father. This Son, from all eternity, was begotten by God the 
Father without a mother, and when He took on our human nature. He did not undergo any change. 
Nothing was added to His divine nature, nor was it divided. The properties of both His divine and human 
nature remained intact. We, therefore, entreat you, O Blessed Virgin, to save the souls of those who, in 
orthodoxy, acknowledge you as the Theotokos! 

Sessional Hymns 

Christ is risen from the dead. He Who is the first fruits of those that had been asleep, the first-born of 

creation and the Creator of all things that were made. By Himself, He renewed the nature of our corrupt 

race. Therefore, O Death, you shall reign no more, for the Lord of all nullified your power and dissolved 

it. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. Gabriel was rapt in amazement as he beheld your virginity and the splendor of 

your purity, O Mother of God, and he cried out to you: By what name shall I call you? I am bewildered; I 

am lost! I shall greet you as I was commanded to do: Rejoice, O woman full of grace! 

For the Week of the Paralytic, either repeat the propers above, or recite the propers from the l\flenaiQn of 
Immovable Feasts. 

Mid-Pentecost Wednesday 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 When the Paschal Feast is half completed, quench my thirsty soul with the waters of 
devotion; for You, O Savior, have announced to all: Let him who is thirsty come to Me and drink. O 
Christ our God, Source of our Life, glory be to You. 

Kontakion Tone 4 O Christ God, Creator and Lord of Ail, when the Paschal Feast was half completed, 
You told those present: Come and draw the water of immortality. Let us, therefore, adore You and cry 
out with faith: Grant us Your goodness, for You are the Source of our Life. 

Stichera 

The midpoint of the Feast has arrived; the days which begin with the Resurrection of the Savior and are 
fulfilled in the divine Feast of Pentecost. Truly it unites both Feasts and draws light from their double 
brightness, giving honor to the Ascension of the Lord, which prefigures our glory. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The midweek of the festal season has arrived, O Christ, the midpoint of Your 
Resurrection and the coming of Your Holy Spirit. Coming together, we glorify the mystery of Your 
miracles, and filled with fear, we cry out to You: Send down upon us Your great mercy! 

Sessional Hymns 

He Who endowed the hearts of men with reason stood in the midst of the Temple, speaking truth to the 
lovers of falsehood. He cried out: Why do you seek to arrest Me, the Giver of Life? He proclaimed 
boldly in the middle of the Feast: Judge not by external appearance, O transgressors. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

For the rest of the week, either repeat the propers above, or recite the propers from the h/lenaion of 
Immovable Feasts. 

Fifth Paschal Sunday: The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman 

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First Troparion Tone 4 The joyful message of the resurrection was heard by the faithful women from 

the Angel. And being freed from the ancestral curse, they boasted to the Apostles: Dead and despoiled 

is Death; Christ our God is risen, giving great mercy to the world. 

Second Troparion From Mid-Pentecost Wednesday 

First Kontakion Tone 8 When the Samaritan woman came to the well with faith, she beheld You, O 

Water of Wisdom. You allowed her to drink in abundance and glorified her eternally, for she inherited 

the heavenly kingdom. 

Second Kontakion From Mid-Pentecost Wednesday 

Stictiera 

When the Lord came to the well of Jacob, the Samaritan woman entreated Him, saying: Give me the 
water of faith, O Giver of Life, that I may obtain the waters of baptism, joy and salvation. O Lord, glory 
to You! 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Mother of God, David the Prophet and Forefather of Christ, foretold in song 
the great things that would happen to you. He revealed that you would be a queen, standing at the right 
hand of God, and that you would be the Mother of Life and Intercessor for the world. He prophesied that 
God, in His good will toward all, would become incarnate of you without a human father. Thus He would 
restore His image within us, which had become disfigured by our passions. He would seek out the lost 
sheep that was trapped in the hills; He would lift it upon His shoulders and carry it to His Father Who 
would place it in the midst of His heavenly hosts. In like manner, Christ will save the worid because of 
His great and abundant mercy. 

Sessional Hymns 

The myrrh-bearing women looked into the entrance of the tomb, and because they could not bear the 
brilliance of the angel, they trembled in astonishment and said: Has He Who opened paradise to the 
thief been stolen, or is He Who proclaimed His Resurrection before His passion now risen? Truly, Christ 
is risen, granting resurrection and life to those in Hades. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Your betrothed and guardian, O Theotokos, was amazed and perplexed when 
he beheld the mystery of your conception without seed. But he recalled the rain falling on the fleece, and 
the bush burning with fire but not consumed, and the blossoming rod of Aaron; thus he testified before 
the priests and cried out: A Virgin gives birth and still remains a virgin. 

For ttie Weel< of ttie Paralytic, either repeat ttie propers above, or recite ttie propers from tfie Menaion of 
Immovable Feasts. 

Sixth Paschal Sunday: The Sunday of the Man Born Blind 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 5 Let us the faithful, praise the Word eternal with the Father and + the Spirit. Let us 

adore Him Who was born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He willed to ascend the cross as man and 

to suffer death and to raise the dead by His glorious resun"ection. 

First Kontakion Tone 5 With eyes that are spiritually blind I come to You, O Christ, and like the man 

who was blind since birth I cry out to You with repentance: You are a Shining Light to those who are in 

darkness. 

Second Kontakion Tone 8 Although You descended into the grave, O Immortal One, You destroyed 

the Power of Death. You arose again as a victor, O Christ God. You announced to the women bearing 

ointment: Rejoice! You gave peace to Your apostles and resurrection to the Fallen. 

Stichera 

The man wo was blind from birth asked himself: Was I born blind because of the sin of my parents, or 
am I a living sign of the unbelief of the nations? I am not content to ask whether it is night or day; my 



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feet can no longer endure tripping upon the stones. I have not seen the brightness of the sun, nor have I 
seen the image and likeness of my Creator. Yet I beseech You, O Christ our God, to look upon me and 
have mercy on me. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The passing of the Israelites through the Red Sea was already a 
foreshadowing of the virgin-birth. On that occasion, Moses parted the waters; at the Incarnation, Gabriel 
announced the miracle of God's union with Mary. In ancient times, the Israelites passed through the 
depths of the sea without being drenched by the waters; now the Virgin has given birth to Christ without 
seed. After the Israelites passed through the sea, it remained impassible; after the birth of Emmanuel, 
the Immaculate Virgin remains forever incorrupt. O God, Who exists from all eternity, and yet appeared 
as man, have mercy on us. 

Sessional Hymns 

Let us praise the honored cross of the Lord; let us venerate His holy burial with hymns; let us glorify His 
holy Resurrection. For He raised the dead from the graves because He is God. He despoiled the might 
of Death and broke the power of Satan, and He shed light on those who are in Hades. 
Glory be. ..now and ever... Rejoice, O holy mountain which the Lord ascended! Rejoice, O living bush, 
unconsumed by the fire! Rejoice, only bridge reaching from the worid to God and leading the dead to 
eternal life! Rejoice, O pure one, free of corruption; you gave birth without the aid of man to the Savior 
of the worid! 

For the Week of the Man-Bom Blind, either repeat the propers above, or recite the propers from the 
Menaion of Immovable Feasts. 

The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You ascended in glory, O Christ our God; You delighted the Disciples with the 
promise of the Holy Spirit. Through this blessing they were assured that You are the Son of God, the 
Redeemer of the Worid. 

Kontakion Tone 6 When You fulfilled the plan of salvation for us and united all things on earth to those 
in heaven, O Christ our God, You ascended in glory, never leaving us, but remaining ever-present. For 
You proclaimed to those who love You: I am with you and no one else has power over you. 

Stichera 

The Lord ascended into heaven to send the Comforter into this world. The heavens prepared His throne 
and the clouds were His ladder; the angels marveled at the sight of a human being more exalted than 
themselves. Today, the Father receives again in His bosom, the One Who was in Him from all eternity, 
and the Holy Spirit gives a command to all the angels: Lift up your lintels, O you gates! O you nations 
of the earth, clap your hands, for Christ ascends to the place where He had been from all eternity. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O loving Jesus, while You lived on earth. You were God inseparable from the 
Father and yet You truly shared our humanity. Ascending in glory today from the Mount of Olives, 
through Your great love, You lifted up our fallen nature and enthroned it with the Father on high. 
Therefore, the bodiless Powers were amazed and filled with awe at seeing Your great love for all. 
Together with them, we who live on earth glorify Your condescension to us and Your ascension away 
from us. Now we implore You, saying: Through Your Ascension You have filled Your apostles and Your 
Mother with a joy that surpasses every other joy, and through their intercession make us worthy of the joy 
of Your elect, for You are rich in mercy. 

Sessional Hymns 

You ascended in glory, and the angels were astonished at this wonder; the disciples were amazed at 
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overjoyed, and they cried out: Glory to Your condescension, O Savior! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to 
Your Ascension, O only Lover of Mankind! 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

For the rest of the week, either repeat the propers above, or recite the propers from the Menaion of 
Immovable Feasts. 

Seventh Paschal Sunday: The Sunday of the Fathers of the First Council of Nicea 

Troparla 

First Troparion Tone 6 Angelic Powers descended to Your grave, and the guards fell down and 

appeared dead. Mary came to the grave seeking Your most pure Body. You conquered and despoiled 

the Abyss without being touched by it. You, the Giver of Life, met the Virgin. O Lord, risen from the 

dead, glory be to You. 

Second Troparion From the Feast of the Ascension. 

Third Troparion Tone 8 O Christ our God, You are above all praise, for You established our Fathers as 

light to all the earth. You led us to the true faith through them. O Most Bountiful Lord, glory be to You. 

First Kontakion Tone 8 The preaching of the Apostles and the decisions of the Fathers have 

established the true faith of the Church which she wears as the garment of truth fashioned from the 

theology on high. She justly governs and glorifies the great Mystery of worship. 

Second Kontakion From the Feast of the Ascension. 

Stichera 

Let us honor today those mystical trumpets of the Spirit, namely, the God-mantled Fathers, who, 
speaking of divine things, sang in the midst of the Church a hymn in unison, teaching that the Trinity + is 
one, not differing in substance or Godhead, refuting Anus and defending orthodoxy. They always 
intercede with the Lord to have mercy on our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Who would not bless you, most holy Virgin? Who would not praise the most 
pure manner in which you gave birth? For the only-begotten Son, Who eternally proceeds from the 
Father, came forth from you. He took flesh from you in a manner that is beyond understanding. He, 
Who by nature is God, took on our nature for our sake. Yet, He did not become divided into two 
persons; rather. He remained one person with two distinct and unconfused natures. O most pure Lady, 
we implore you: Beseech your Son and God to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

When the tomb was shown to be open and Hades was lamenting, Mary cried out to the apostles who 
were hiding and said: Come out, laborers of the vineyard, and proclaim the news of the Resurrection; for 
the Lord is risen, granting the worid great mercy. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Virgin and Theotokos, pray to your Son, Christ our God, Who was willingly 
nailed upon the Cross and rose from the dead, that He might save our souls. 

For the Week of the Fathers of the Council, either repeat the propers above, or recite the propers from 
the Menaion of Immovable Feasts. 

Saturday of the Departed 

See All Souls Saturdays further below. 

Green Sunday: The Feast of Pentecost 

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Troparion Tone 8 Blessed are You, O Christ our God, You filled the fishermen with wisdom, sending 
down upon them the Holy Spirit, Through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. O Lover 
of Mankind, glory be to You! 

Kontakion Tone 8 When the Most High descended and confused tongues, He scattered the people; but 
when He distributed the tongues of fire. He called all men to unity. Therefore, with one voice, let us 
praise the Most Holy Spirit. 

Stichera 

Behold, we celebrate today the feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit, the fulfillment of the 
promise and the realization of hope. How wonderful and awsome is this great mystery! Therefore, O 
Lord and Creator of all, we cry out: Glory to You! 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Come, all you nations of the worid, let us adore God in three holy persons, 
Father +, Son and Holy Spirit - three in one. From all eternity, the Father begets the Son, equal to Him 
in eternity and majesty, equal also to the Holy Spirit, glorified with the Son in the Father, three persons, 
and yet a single power and essence and Godhead. In deep adoration, let us cry out to God: Holy is God 
who made all things through the Son with the cooperation of the + Holy Spirit. Holy the Might One 
through Whom the Father was revealed to us, and through Whom the Holy Spirit + came to this worid. 
Holy the Immortal One, the Spirit and Comforter Who + proceeds from the Father, and reposes in the 
Son. All-holy + Trinity, glory to You! 

Sessional Hymns 

Come, O faithful, let us celebrate the feast of the Fiftieth Day: the day which concludes the Feast of 
feasts; the day on which the pre-ordained promise is fulfilled; the day when the Comforter descends upon 
the earth in tongues of fire; the day of the disciples' enlightenment. They are revealed as initiated into 
the heavenly mysteries, for truly the light of the Comforter has illumined the world. 
Glory be. .now and e\/er.. .Repeat above. 

At ttie conclusion of ttie Feast of Pentecost, one may resume the posture of kneeling. 

Pentecost Monday: Monday of the Holy Spirit 

Take propers from ttie Feast of Pentecost, above. 

For ttie rest of Pentecost Week, eittier repeat ttie propers above, or recite ttie propers from the fJlenaion 

of Immovable Feasts. 

First Sunday after Pentecost: Sunday of All Saints 

Troparia 

First Troparion Tone 8 You descended from on high, O Merciful Lord. You accepted the grave for 
three days to deliver us from our passions. O Lord, our Resurrection and our Life, glory be to You. 
Second Troparion Tone 4 Your Church throughout the worid, O Lord, is clothed with blood of Your 
Martyrs as with fine linens and purple robes, and so the Church cries out to You, O Christ our God: Send 
down Your goodness upon Your people; grant peace to Your Church and great mercy to our souls. 
Kontakion Tone 8 To You, O Lord, Author of all creation, the universe offers the God-bearing Martyrs 
as the first-fruits of nature. Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God preserve 
Your church. Your dwelling-place in perfect peace, O Most Merciful One. 

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Let us celebrate with songs of praise the deeds of the holy people over all the earth, honoring them, as it 
is fitting: the Apostles and Martyrs; the Bishops and Holy Women. While living on earth, they joined 
with the heavenly spirits, and by the grace of Christ, they received immortality through their sufferings. 
They shine as bright stars for us, and now they intercede for our souls. 

Glory be, ..now and ever.. .In His love for mankind, the King of heaven appeared on earth and dwelt 
among us. For He took flesh from the pure Virign, and, being thus incarnate. He came forth from her. 
The only Son of God remained one person, but He now possessed two natures. For this reason, we 
profess that He is truly perfect God and perfect man. Therefore, we beseech you, O Vrign Mother, 
implore Christ, Whom we proclaim as God, to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

Clothed in a brilliant garment and shining brightly as light, Gabriel came to the tomb of Christ and rolled 
back the stone. A great fear seized the soldier, and the guards seemed as dead; for the seals of the 
tomb no longer had meaning. The impious ones were put to shame, for they knew that Christ had risen. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .In you, O Woman full of grace, the angelic choirs and the human race, all 
creation rejoices. O sanctified Temple, mystical Paradise, and glory of virgins. He, Who is our God from 
before all ages, took flesh from you and became a Child. He made Your womb a throne and greater 
than the heavens. In you, O Woman full of grace, all creation rejoices. Glory be to you! 



2nd Sunday Tone 1 
3rd Sunday Tone 2 
4th Sunday Tone 3 
Sth Sunday Tone 4 
6th Sunday Tone 5 
7th Sunday Tone 6 
Sth Sunday Tone 7 
9th Sunday Tone 8 
10th Sunday Tone 1 
11th Sunday Tone 2 
12th Sunday Tone 3 



The Sundays after Pentecost 

13th Sunday Tone 4 
14th Sunday Tone 5 
15th Sunday Tone 6 
16th Sunday Tone 7 
17th Sunday Tone 8 
18th Sunday Tone 1 
19th Sunday Tone 2 
20th Sunday Tone 3 
21st Sunday Tone 4 
22nd Sunday Tone 5 
23rd Sunday Tone 6 



24th Sunday Tone 7 
25th Sunday Tone 8 
26th Sunday Tone 1 
27th Sunday Tone 2 
28th Sunday Tone 3 
29th Sunday Tone 4 
30th Sunday Tone 5 
31st Sunday Tone 6 
32nd Sunday Tone 7 
33rd Sunday Tone 8 
34th Sunday Tone 1 



Thirty-Second Sunday after Pentecost: The Sunday of Zaccheus 

All propers are from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone, which varies annually. 

Thirty-Third Sunday after Pentecost: The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 

Troparia 

Troparion From Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Let us bring to the Lord the sighs of the Publican and as sinners let us approach the 
Lord, for He desires the salvation of all mankind. He grants forgiveness to all who repent. For us. He 
became man while remaining God, co-eternal with the Father. 

Stichera 

Brethren, iet us not pray as the Pharisee, for he who exalts himself shall be humbled. Let us humble 
ourselves before God, and with fasting cry aloud as the Publican: O God be merciful to us sinners. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Almighty Lord, I know how great is the power of tears. For they led 
Hezekiah up from the gates of death; they delivered the sinful woman from her repeated transgressions; 
they justified the Publican above the Pharisee. With them, I also pray: Have mercy on me. 



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Sessional Hymns 

From Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

Thirty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: The Sunday of the Prodigal Son 

Troparion From Sunday Resunectional Tone. 

Kontakion Tone 3 When I foolishly separated myself from Your Fatherly glory, I sqaundered in 
wickedness the riches You had given me. So now I cry out to you with the voice of the Prodigal Son, 
saying: I have sinned before You, O merciful Father; receive me, repentant, and make me as one of 
Your hired servants. 

Stichera 

I was entrusted with a sinless and living land, but I sowed the ground with sin and reaped with a sickle 
the ears of laziness; in thick sheaves I garnered my actions, but I placed them not on the threshing floor 
of repentance. Therefore, I beg you, O divine Tender of the harvest, winnow the chaff of my works with 
the wind of Your loving kindness and grant to my soul the wheat of forgiveness; store me in Your 
heavenly granaries and save me. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .In my wretchedness, I have deprived myself of great blessing. In my misery, I 
have fallen from the Kingdom. I have squandered the riches that were given to me; I have transgressed 
the commandments. Alas, unhappy soul, you are henceforth condemned to the eternal fire. Therefore, 
before the end cry out to Christ God: Receive me as the Prodigal Son, O God, and have mercy on me. 

Sessional Hymns 

From Sunday Resunectional Tone. 

All Souls Saturdays 

7/76 five All Souls Saturdays are: 1) the Saturday before the Sunday of Meat-Fare; 2) the Second 
Saturday of the Great Fast; 3) the Third Saturday of the Great Fast; 4) the Fourth Saturday of the Great 
Fast, and 5) the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday. 

Troparion Tone 8 O Creator, in the depth of Your wisdom You lovingly govern all men and distribute to 

each what is for good. Now give rest to the souls of Your servants, for they have placed their hope in 

You, our Creator, Maker and our God. 

Kontakion Tone 8 With the Saints, O Christ, give rest to Your servants where there is no pain, sorrow, 

nor mourning, but life everlasting. 

Theotokion Tone 8 We have in you a defense and a refuge and an advocate acceptable to God to 

Whom you gave birth, O Virgin Mother of God, the salvation of the faithful. 

Stichera 

Through the prayers of the Theotokos and of all the saints, grant us peace, O Lord, and have mercy 

upon us, for You alone are compassionate 

Glory be. ..now and ever... I lament and weep whenever I see death and look upon our beauty, formed 

according to God's image, lying in the grave disfigured and inglorious, its outward form destroyed. O 

strange wonder! What mystery is this concerning us? How have we been delivered to corruption? How 

have we been yoked to death? All this, so it is written, is by the ordinance of God, Who grants rest to the 

departed. 

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Let us all implore the martyrs of Christ who pray for our salvation. Let us go and meet them in faith to 
find grace and healing from these guardians of faith who repel the power of the demons. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Lord, in these last days you took flesh from a Virgin Mother without change, 
and in Your love for us You willingly went down into death. In Your goodness, O our God, forgive those 
who have passed from this life for they have entrusted their souls to You. 

The Sunday of Meat-Fare 

Tropaha 

Troparion Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

Kontakion Tone 1 When You will come to earth in glory, O God and all creatures will tremble before 
You, the river of fire will flow before Your judgment-seat, and the books will be opened and all hidden 
things revealed, deliver me from the unquenchable fire and make me worthy to stand at Your right hand, 
O righteous Judge. 

Stichera 

When You shall come, O righteous Judge, to execute just judgment while seated on Your throne of glory, 
a river of fire will draw all men before Your judgment seat; the powers of heaven will stand beside You, 
and in fear mankind will be judged according to the deeds that each has done. Then spare us, O Christ, 
in Your compassion, with faith we entreat you, and count us worthy of Your blessings with those that are 
saved. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .When the thrones are set up and the books are opened, and God sits in 
judgment, O what fear there will be! When the angels stand trembling in Your presence and the river of 
fire flows before You, what shall we do then, we who are guilty of many sins? When we hear Him call 
the blessed of His Father into the Kingdom, but send the sinners to their punishment, who will endure His 
fearful condemnation? O Savior and Lover of Mankind, only King of the universe, before the end comes 
turn me back through repentance and have mercy on me. 

Sessional Hymns 

From Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

The Sunday of Cheese-Fare 

Troparia 

Troparion Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

Kontakion Tone 6 O Guide to Wisdom, O Giver of Understanding, O Instructor of the Ignorant and 
Helper of the Poor, strengthen and enlighten my heart, O Master. Give the word to me, O Word of the 
Father, that I may not refrain from crying out to You: Merciful Lord, have mercy on me, a fallen one. 

Stictiera 

The Lord my Creator took me as dust from the earth and formed me into a living creature, breathing into 
me the breath of life and giving me a soul. He honored me, setting me as ruler upon earth over all 
things visible, and making me companion of the angels. But Satan the deceiver, using the serpent as his 
instrument, enticed me by food; he parted me from the glory of God and gave me over to the earth and 
to the lowest depths of death. O Master, in compassion call me back again. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Adam sat before Paradise and, lamenting his nakedness, he wept: Woe is me! 
By evil deceit was I persuaded and led astray, and now I am an exile from glory. Woe is me! In my 
simplicity I was stripped naked, and now I am in want. O Paradise, no more shall I take pleasure in your 
joy; no more shall I look upon the Lord my God and Maker, for I shall return to the earth from where I 
was taken. O merciful and compassionate Lord, to You I cry aloud: have mercy on me! 



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Sessional Hymns 

From Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

The First Day of the Great Fast. Pure Monday 

Troparia 

First Troparion Tone 1 Hail, Mother of God, Virgin Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you! Blessed are 
you among women and blessed is the Fruit of your womb; for you have given birth to Christ, the Savior 
and Deliverer of our souls! 

Prostration 
Second Troparion Tone 1 O Baptizer of Christ, remember us all, that we may be delivered from our 
iniquities; for you have been given the grace to pray for us! 

Prostration 
Kontakion Tone 1 Pray for us, O holy apostles and all you saints, that we may be delivered from peril 
and afflictions; for you are our fervent intercessors before the Savior. 

Prostration 
Theotokion Tone 1 We fly to your Protection, O Virgin Theotokos. Do not despise our prayers in our 
necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, for you - alone - are pure and blessed. 

Prostration 

Stichera 

Let us all make haste to humble the flesh by abstinence, as we set out upon the God-given course of the 
Holy Fast. With prayers and tears let us seek our Lord and Savior. Laying aside all memories of evil, let 
us cry aloud: we have sinned against You, O Christ our King; save us as the men of Nineveh in days of 
old, and in Your compassion make us sharers in Your heavenly kingdom. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves for 
spiritual combat. Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh, and as we fast from food, let us abstain 
also from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit may we persevere with love, and so be 
counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ God, and with great spiritual gladness to behold His 
holy Passover. 

Recite the Prayer of St. Ephrem at the conclusion of both Vespers and Matins, and for all other Offices 
throughout the Great Fast, except for Sunday. 

Sessional Hymns 

From the beginning of the Fast, let us strive for humility, calling from the depths of our soul: O Lord, 
Christ, accept our prayer as fragrant incense and save us from corruption and dreadful torments, for You 
are the only merciful Lord. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Theotokos, fount of mercy, deem us worthy of compassion. Look upon a 
sinful people; as always show your power for, placing our trust in you: Hail, we cry to you as did once 
Gabriel, the prince of angels! 

For the First Week of the Great Fast, either recite the propers from Pure Monday, or recite the propers 
from the Menaion of the Immoveable Feasts. If attending the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on 
Wednesday and/or Friday, do not recite the Office of Vespers. If reciting Vespers on Friday Evening of 
the First Week, take the following: 

Friday of the First Week of the Great Fast: The Miracles of St. Theodore, the 

Great Martyr 



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Troparia 

The Troparia is taken from Pure Monday. 

Stichera 

Come, all lovers of the martyrs; let us rejoice in spirit and celebrate. Today, the martyr Theodore sets 
before us a spiritual banquet, bringing joy to us feast-lovers so that we call to him: Rejoice, invincible 
martyr! You frustrated the threats of the torturers on earth. Rejoice, for you gave your mortal body to 
torture for the sake of Christ God! Rejoice! in many dangers you proved to be the tested soldier of the 
heavenly armies. Therefore, we beg you, the glory of the martyrs, to intercede for our souls. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .With evil intent, the enemy made use of the apostate-emporer. The apostate, 
with food tainted from idol-worship, attempted to defile the people of God who were purifying themselves 
with fasting. But you frustrated this evil plan with a wiser one. In a dream you stood before the 
archbishop of that time and uncovered the depth of your mind disclosing to him the wicked plant of the 
tyrant. Truly, we bring to you our thanksgiving and yearly commemoration of the past miracles; we 
acknowledge you as our protector. We pray that through your prayers to God, we may be saved from 
the plans of the evil one, O great martyr Theodore. 

Sessional Hymns 

How sublime are the achievements of faith! The holy martyr Theodore rejoices in the furnace as in 
restful waters, and while the fire consumed him he was offered to the Holy + Trinity as an acceptable 
offering of bread. By his prayers, save our souls, O Christ God. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Your mysteries surpass all understanding and they are ail glorious, O 
Theotokos; you remained a holy Virgin without fault; and you truly became a mother when you gave birth 
to the true God. Intercede before Him to save our souls. 

The First Sunday of the Great Fast: The Sunday of Orthodoxy 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 We bow before Your sacred image, O gracious Lord, and beg forgiveness for our 
offenses, O Christ our God, for You - of Your own will - deigned to ascend the cross in Your human 
nature to deliver from bondage under the enemy, those whom You created. Therefore, we gratefully cry 
out to You: Through Your coming to save the world, O Savior, You have filled all with joy. 
Kontakion Tone 8 O Mother of God, through you, in the Incarnation, the Indescribable Word of God 
became describable, for through the divine goodness the Word spoken from eternity became an Image. 
May we, who believe in salvation, clothe ourselves in the same Image both in word and deed. 

Stichera 

As a precious adornment, the Church of Christ has received the venerable and holy icons of Christ the 
Savior, of God's Mother, and of all the saints. Celebrating now their triumphant restoration, she is made 
bright with grace and splendor, and drives away all heretics. With great rejoicing she gives glory to God 
Who loves all mankind, and Who, for her sake, has endured his voluntary Passion. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The grace of truth has shone forth upon us; the mysteries darkly prefigured in 
the days of old have now been openly fulfilled. For, behold, the church is clothed in a beauty that 
surpasses all things earthly, through the icon of the incarnate Christ that was forshadowed by the ark of 
the covenant. This is the safeguard of orthodoxy; for if we hold fast to the icon of the Savior Whom we 
worship, we shall not go astray. Let ail who do not share this faith be covered with shame, but we shall 
glory in the icon of the Word made flesh, which we venerate but worship not as an idol. So let us kiss it, 
and with all the faithful cry aloud: O God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. 



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Sessional Hymns 

The Sessional Hymns are taken from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

For the Second Week of the Great Fast, either recite the stichera from Sunday, or from the propers from 
the Menaion of the Immoveable Feasts (the Sessional Hymns are taken from the Menaion of the 
Immovable Feasts). For the weekdays, the tropaha are taken from Pure Monday. If attending the Liturgy 
of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday and/or Friday, do not recite the Office of Vespers. 

The Second Sunday of the Great Fast: The Sunday of the Palsied Man 

Troparia 

Troparion Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Today the time of earthly deeds is revealed for judgment is at hand. Let us be found 
fasting and let us bring tears of supplication, begging mercy and crying out; I have sinned more times 
than there are sands of the sea, but forgive me, O Creator of All, that I may receive the crown that does 
not perish. 

Stichera 

The Stichera are taken from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

Sessional Hymns 

The Sessional Hymns are taken from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

For the Third Week of the Great Fast, recite the propers from the h/lenaion of the Immoveable Feasts. 
The Troparia are taken from Pure Monday. If attending the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on 
Wednesday and/or Friday, do not recite the Office of Vespers. 

The Third Sunday of the Great Fast: The Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy 

Cross 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; grant victory to Your Church 

over her enemies and protect Your people by Your cross. 

Kontakion Tone 7 No longer does the flaming sword guard the gates of Eden; for on them one finds the 

most glorious seal, the Tree of the Cross. By it the sorow of death and the victory of the Abyss have 

been conquered. For You, O my Savior, stood and called out to those in the Abyss: Enter again into 

paradise. 

Stichera 

O Cross of the Lord, shine with the light of your grace upon the hearts of those who honor you. With 
love inspired by God, we embrace you, O desire of all the world. Through you our tears of sorrow have 
been wiped away; we have been delivered from the snares of death and have passed over to unending 
joy. Show us the glory of your beauty and grant to us your servants the reward of our abstinence, for we 
entreat with faith your rich protection and great mercy. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Christ God, of Your own will You have accepted crucifixion, that all mankind 
might be restored to life. Taking the quill of the Cross in the red ink of royalty with bloody fingers, You 
have signed our absolution out of love for man. We are in danger once again of being parted from You; 



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O forsake us not! Take pity on Your people in distress, for You alone are long suffering. Rise up and 
fight against our enemies in Your almighty power. 

Sessional Hymns 

The Sessional Hymns are taken from the Sunday Resunrectional Tone. 

For the Fourth Week, recite either the Stichera from the Sunday of the Holy Cross (the Sessional Hymns 
are taken from the Menaion of the Immovable Feasts), or from the Menaion of the Immovable Feasts. 
The Tropaha are taken from Pure Monday. If attending the Liturgy of the Presanctifled Gifts on 
Wednesday and/or Friday, do not recite the Office of Vespers. 

The Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast: The Sunday of St. John Climacus 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 O John, our Father, God-bearer, hermit of the desert and angel in the flesh, you 
received heavenly gifts by your fasting, vigils and prayers. You healed the sick and those coming to you 
w/ith faith. Glory be to Him Who gives you strength; glory be to Him Who crowned you; glory be to the 
Lord Who heals all through your intercession. 

Kontakion Tone 4 John, our leader and father, the Lord has placed you on high as a true guiding star 
lighting the ends of the earth with the truth of your virtue. 

Stichera 

O holy father John, truly you have always carried on your lips the praises of the Lord, and with great 
wisdom you have studied the words of holy scripture that teach us how to practice the ascetic life. So 
have you gained the riches of grace, and you have become blessed, overthrowing all the purposes of the 
ungodly. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Hearing the voice of the Gospel of the Lord, O holy father, you have foresaken 
the worid, counting as nothing its riches and its glory. Therefore, you have cried out to all: love God, 
and you shall find eternal grace. Set nothing higher than His love, that, when He comes in glory, you 
may find rest with all the saints. At their prayers, O Christ, guard and save our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

The Sessional Hymns are taken from the Sunday Resunrectional Tone. 

For the Fifth Week, recite either the Stichera from the Sunday of St. John Climacus (the Sessional 
Hymns are taken from the fAenaion of the Immovable Feasts), or from the Menaion of the Immovable 
Feasts. The Troparia are taken from Pure Monday. If attending the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on 
Wednesday and/or Friday, do not recite the Office of Vespers. 

The Saturday of the Fifth Week of the Great Fast: Akathist Saturday 

After Matins, recite the Akathist Hymn to Our Lady. 

The Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast: The Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 In you, O Mother Mary, the divine likeness shone forth faithfully, for by taking up the 
cross, you followed Christ. You gave example to be not concerned with fleeting life, but to be watchful 
over the eternal soul. Therefore, O Venerable Mary, you now rejoice with the Angels. 



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Kontakion Tone 3 Once filled with all kinds of vice, now through repentance she appears as the bride of 
Christ. Leading an angelic life, she crushes the devils with the help of the cross. Therefore, the 
venerable Mary has become a bride of the kingdom. 

Stichera 

The guilt of past sins prevented you from entering the Church to see the elevation of the Holy Cross; but 
then your conscience and the awareness of your actions turned you to a better way of life, O wise in God. 
Having looked upon the icon of the blessed Maiden of God, you condemned all your previous 
transgression, O Mother worthy of all praise, and so have gone with boldness to venerate the precious 
Cross. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Christ, the power of Your Cross has worked wonders, for even the woman 
Mary who was once a harlot chose to follow the ascetic way. Casting aside her weakness, she bravely 
opposed the devil, and having gained the prize of victory, she intercedes for our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

The Sessional Hymns are taken from the Sunday Resunectional Tone. 

For the Sixth Week, recite either the Stichera from the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (the Sessional 
Hymns are taken from the Menaion of the Immovable Feasts), or from the Menaion of the immovable 
Feasts. The Troparia are taken from Pure Monday. If attending the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on 
Wednesday and/or Friday, do not recite the Office of Vespers. 

The Saturday of Lazarus 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 O Christ our God, You confirmed the resurrection of all before the time of Your 
passion by raising Lazarus from the dead. Therefore, we as the children of Israel carry the symbols of 
victory and cry out to You, the Conqueror of Death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He Who comes 
in the name of the Lord. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Christ, the Joy of All, the Truth, the Light, the Life and Resurrection of the World, 
appeared to those on earth because of His goodness. He became the Image of Resun"ection, granting 
divine forgiveness to all. 

Sticiiera 

Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, we beseech You in Your love for man, grant 
us also to behold the Great Week of Your Passion, that in it we may glorify Your mighty acts and Your 
ineffable dispensation for our sakes, singing with one mind: O Lord, glory to You. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Savior, standing before the tomb of Lazarus and calling to the dead man. 
You have raised Him as if from sleep. He shook off corruption through the Spirit of incorruption, and at 
Your word he came out bound with grave clothes. All things are possible to You; all things serve You, O 
loving Lord; all things submit to You. Our Savior, glory to You. 

Sessional Hymns 

Taking pity, O Christ our God, on the tears of Martha and Mary, You have commanded the stone to be 
rolled away from the tomb, and calling the dead man. You have raised him, O Giver of Life to the World, 
granting us through him an assurance of the Resurrection. Glory to Your might, O Savior; glory to Your 
power; glory to You Who has established all things by Your word. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 



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Flowery Sunday: The Entrance of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ into 

Jerusalem 

Troparia 

First Troparion From Saturday of Lazarus 

Second Troparion Tone 4 We have been buried with You through baptism, O Christ our God and we 

have become worthy of immortal life by Your resurrection. So we cry out to You: Hosanna in the 

highest! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. 

Kontakion Tone 6 In heaven You are carried upon a throne; on earth You rode upon a colt, O Christ our 

God. You received the praise of Angels and the hymns of children crying out to You: Blessed is He 

Who came to restore Adam. 

Stichiera 

Today the grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together, and we all take up Your Cross and say: 
Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest! 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Repeat above. 

Sessional Hymns 

With our souls cleansed and in spirit can7ing branches, with faith let us sing Christ's praises like the 
children, crying with a loud voice to the Master: Blessed are you, O Savior, Who has come into the 
world to save Adam from the ancient curse, and in Your love for mankind. You have been pleased to 
become spiritually the new Adam. O Word, Who has ordered all things for our good, glory to You. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Lord, You raised Lazarus from the tomb though he was four days dead and 
then You taught us all to cry to You with palms and branches: Blessed are You Who comes. 

Great Monday 
Troparia 

The Troparia are taken from Pure Monday. 

Stichiera 

Rejoice and be glad, O city of Zion; exult and be exceedingly joyful, O Church of God. For, behold, your 
King has come in righteousness seated on a foal, and the children sing His praises: Hosanna in the 
highest; blessed are You Who shows great compassion; have mercy on us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O You Who ride on the cherubim and Who are praised by the seraphim. You 
sit, O gracious Lord, like David on a foal, and the children honor You with praise fitting for God; but the 
Jews blasphemed unlawfully against You. Your riding on a foal prefigured how the Gentiles, as yet 
untamed and uninstructed were to pass from unbelief to faith. Glory to You, O Christ, Who alone are 
merciful and loves mankind. 

Sessional Hymns 

Today the holy Passion shines forth upon the worid with the light of salvation; for Christ in His love 
hastens to His sufferings. He Who holds all things in the hollow of His hand, consents to be hung upon 
the Tree, that He may save mankind. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

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If attending the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, do not recite Vespers. 

Troparia 
The Troparia are taken from Pure Monday. 

Stichera 

As the Lord went to His voluntary Passion, He said to His apostles on the way: Behold, we go to 
Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be betrayed, as it is written of Him. Come and let us journey with 
Him, purified in mind; let us be crucified with Him and die for His sake to the pleasures of this life, that 
we may also live with Him and hear Him say: No longer do I ascend to the earthly Jerusalem to suffer, 
but I ascend to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God; and I shall raise you up to the 
Jerusalem on high in the Kingdom of heaven. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The serpent found a second Eve in the Egyptian woman, and with words of 
flattery he sought to make Joseph fall. But, leaving his garment behind him, Joseph fled from sin, and 
like the first man before his disobedience, though naked, he was not ashamed. Through his prayers, O 
Christ, have mercy on us. 

Sessional Hymns 

Brethren, let us love the Bridegroom and prepare our lamps with care, shining with the virtues and right 
faith; that, like the wise virgins of the Lord, we may be ready to enter with Him into the wedding feast. 
For God the Bridegroom grants to all the incorruptible crown. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

Great Wednesday 

If attending the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, do not recite Vespers. 

Troparia 
The Troparia are taken from Pure f\/londay. 

Stictiera 

How shall I enter into the splendor of Your saints? For I am unworthy, and if I dare to come into the 
bridal chamber my clothing will accuse me, since it is not a wedding garment, and I shall be cast out by 
the angels, bound hand and foot. Cleanse, O Lord, the filth from my soul and save me in Your love for 
mankind. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Behold, my soul, the Master entrusts you with a talent. Receive His gift with 
fear; make it gain interest for Him; distribute to the needy, and make the Lord your friend. So shall you 
stand on His right hand when He comes in glory, and you shall hear His blessed words: Enter, my 
servant, into the joy of your Lord. I have gone astray, O Savior, but in Your great mercy count me 
worthy of this joy. 

Sessional Hymns 

In his love for money, the deceitful Judas pondered cunningly how he might betray You, O Lord, the 
Treasure of Life. Therefore in drunken folly he hastened to the Jews and said to the transgressors: 
What will you give me, and I will deliver Him to you to be crucified? 
Glory be. ..now and ever... Repeat above. 

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If attending the Liturgy of the Pre sanctified Gifts, do not recite Vespers. 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 While the glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet at the 
supper, the unholy Judas was blinded by his love for silver. He delivered You to unjust judges, O Most 
High Judge. All you lovers of riches meditate on this: Love for money drove a man to tal^e his own life. 
We must flee from greedy souls who would so betray the Master. O Lord, so benevolent to all, glory be 
to You. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Judas, the deceitful servant, when he stretched his hand secretly and tool< bread, did 
therefore \.aWe the price of Him Who made man with His own hands, thus remaining reprobate. 

Stichera 

O Son of the Virgin, the harlot knew You to be God and she prayed to You lamenting, for she had 
committed sins worthy of tears. Loose me from my debt, she cried, as I unloose my hair. Show love to 
her who loves You, though rightly she deserves Your hatred, and with the publican I shall proclaim You: 
O Benefactor Who loves mankind, have mercy on us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Your divinity, O Lord, 
fulfilled the part of the myrrh-bearer, and with lamentations she brought sweet smelling oil of myrrh to 
You before Your burial. She said: Woe is me, for night surrounds me, dark and moonless, and it stings 
my lustful passion with the love of sin. Accept the fountain of my tears, O You who draws down from the 
clouds the waters of the sea. Incline to the groanings of my heart, O You Who in Your ineffable self- 
emptying have bowed down the heavens. I shall kiss Your most pure feet and wipe them with the hairs 
of my head, those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise, and hid herself for fear. Who can 
search out the multitude of my sins and the abyss of Your judgments, O Savior of my soul? Despise me 
not, your handmaiden, for you have mercy with measure. 

Omit the Sessional Hymns. 

The propers for Great Friday (including Thursday evening) and Great Saturday are taken in the Church 
Sen/ices. 



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The Menaion: 
Immoveable Feasts and Holydays 

Common Propers: Troparia and Stichera 

7776 proper Sessional Hymns are either found witti ttie feast, or are taken from ttie Propers for Sundays 
and Weekdays. 

For the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Lowly sinners that we are, let us now flee in earnest to the Theotokos! In sorrow let 

us now fall down before her, crying from the depths of our souls: Take pity on us, O Lady, and help us. 

Hurry to our aid, for we are perishing from the enormity of our sins. Send us not away empty-handed, for 

you are the only hope we have. 

Kontakion Tone 6 Except for you, we have no hope, no help. Help us, pure Vigin, for we hope in you. 

We boast of you, since we are your servants. Do not let us be ashamed. 

Stichera 

With the divine power, O Most Pure One, you preserve and shelter us from the attacks of the enemy as 
we lovingly celebrate your all-glorious feast, and call to you: You are our strength and security, and your 
Son and our God is the well-pleasing One Whom we adore. O Jesus, all-powerful, save us, for You are 
the Compassionate One, 

Glory be.. .now and ever.. .The Church of God has been enriched today with the brilliance of your holy 
feast, O Theotokos. Resplendent with joy and exulting, we cry to you, O Lady: Rejoice, O Precious 
Grown of the glory of God; rejoice, the Only Fulfillment of the Glory and Eternal Goodness; rejoice. 
Haven for all those who come to you. 

For the Holy Angels and Archangels 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O Leaders of the hosts of heaven! Shield us with the wings of your unearthly glory 

and keep us safe from harm! Worthless as we are, we fall before you endlessly entreating you: Rescue 

us from all affliction, O you who lead the powers of heaven! 

Kontakion Tone 2 O lieutenants of God! Ministers of divine glory! Leaders of angels and guides of 

men: beg what is profitable and good for us from God, for you are the princes of the angelic hosts. 

Stichera 

As the most illustrious attendants of the thrice-holy God, the Leaders of the heavenly hosts shout joyfully 
with all the powers on high: Holy are You, O Father; holy are You, O Unbegotten Son; holy are You also 
+, O Holy Spirit, one glory, one kingdom and nature, one Godhead and power. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .All you choirs of virgins rejoice with us for our Intercessor and Mediatrix, our 
Shelter and Refuge, today comfort the afflicted in her honorable and divine temple. Therefore, let us 
dutifully sing to her and cry out: Shelter us with your divine intercession, O most pure Theotokos and all- 
holy Lady. 

For a Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 Celebrating the memory of Your Prophet , O Lord, we beg You to save our 

souls, through his intercession! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Your pure heart was enlightened by the Spirit. It was filled with the grace of 
prophecy. It saw in the past, things in the future like an eye-witness! We venerate you for this, O 
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Stichera 

With a pure mind you received the brilliant, God-sent light. You were the herald of divine words, a seer 
and prophet. You were shown to be a truly inspired messenger of God; you foresaw that which was 
revealed to you by Him, and you announced to all nations the promised salvation, and the coming of the 

kingdom of Christ. O honorable , pray to God to save and enlighten our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever,. .The Son, Who is with the Father and the + Spirit, and is glorified on high by 
the Cherubim, in desiring to restore Adam, ineffably emptied Himself completely into your womb, O 
ever-praised Theotokos. He came forth from you in order to illumine the whole worid. Having rooted out 
idolatry and having deified mankind in Himself, Christ God, the Savior of our souls, raised up mankind 
into heaven with Himself. 

For an Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 O holy Apostle , implore the merciful God to grant our souls the remission of 

sins. 

Kontakion Tone 4 O Apostle , the Church has you as a brilliant star! She is illuminated with your 

miracles. Therefore, we call to Christ: O merciful Lord, save those who honor the memory of Your 
Apostle . 

Stichera 

What shall we call you, O Apostle? Heaven, for you have confessed the glory of God? A River, since 
you mystically give drink to all creation? A Star that illumines the Church? A Chalice pouring out the 
holy drink? An Intimate of Christ, dwelling equally with the angels? Pray that our souls may be saved. 
Glory be.. .now and ever...O wretched soul, to whom has your repentance been pleasing? You are not in 
any way trying to repent. You do not fear the consuming fire. Rise up and call upon the One Aid to 
Christians for her speedy intercession. Beg her Son and our God to deliver me from the snare of the Evil 
One. 

For Several Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 O holy Apostles, implore the merciful God to grant our souls the remission of sins. 
Kontakion Tone 4 O wise Apostles, you have become vines in Christ's vineyard. You produced the 
grapes of good deeds. You let flow the wine of salvation. We receive it and are made happy. We 
celebrate your memory. O Apostles of the Lord, pray that we may receive mercy and pardon through it. 

Stichera 

O most fortunate Disciples, you are blessed, since you were eyewitnesses of the Incarnate Word. You 
have appeared to the worid as flashes of lightning. As spiritual leaders you have poured out the 
sweetness of the Word. You shared your knowledge like the ever-flowing rivers of Paradise. You gave 
the drink of divine waters to the Church of the Gentiles. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Rejoice, O Death to demons! Rejoice, O Daughter of Adam, most flourishing 
and unwilting Flower! Rejoice, O Glory of your servants! Rejoice, Most Immaculate and Forgiveness of 
wicked ones! Rejoice, O Gift of Salvation granted to the worid by God! Rejoice, O Precious One of 
those who call upon you! Rejoice, O Mother, Glory of those who extol you! 

For a Hierarch (Bishop or Priest) 

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Troparion Tone 4 By the stark reality of all your works, Father , your flock has recognized you. 

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you to the heights of fame, O holy Hierarch, and your poverty has filled your hands with riches! Beg 

Christ, our God, to save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You are a sower of faith and the death of heresy. You are a delight to the Trinity +, 

O great Hierarch . You are divine thunder and a spiritual trumpet. As you stand with the angels, 

pray without ceasing for us all. 

Stichera 

Wholly consecrated, you have appeared as a Godbearer. As holy chrism of God, you are clothed with 
the Holy Spirit. You have always entered serenely into the holy of holies, and are illumined with the 
splendor proceeding from God, and you partake of the holy mysteries of grace, as a true and most 
glorious Bishop. With boldness, intercede for our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Rejoice, Fulfillment of the Law! Rejoice, Temple of the Holy Trinity +, and 
Incorruptible Bride! Rejoice, O divine Bearer of the King of All! You hold the immaterial Fire in your 
arms like a coal in a pair of tongs! O new Paradise, O most glorious and divine Sanctuary! O Innocent 
Dove, and Throne of the Most High! O divine Seat of Wisdom! O Maiden, the Holy Spirit overshadowed 
you! 

For Several Hierarchs (Bishops or Priests) 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O God of our fathers! Deal with us in mercy. Do not keep Your mercy from us, but 

by the prayers of these saints, rule our lives in peace. 

Kontakion Tone 8 You are teachers of virtue and glory for hierarchs. The Church sings - she praises 

you! Through your prayers give an increase of virtue and freedom from scandal to those who lovingly 

venerate you, for you are all invincible! 

Stichera 

As the ever-shining stars standing watch in the heavenly firmament, O most glorious Bishops, you have 
adorned the whole worid. You enlighten the universe with the doctrines of orthodoxy, and drive away the 
darkness of heresies. Pray that those who in faith keep your noble memory may be delivered from 
conruption and danger. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Whether sailing on the sea, traveling on land, or remaining at home, I keep a 
careful watch. Fill my mind with His grace, O immaculate One. Enable me to do the Lord's will so that 
on judgment day I may obtain forgiveness of my sins committed during my lifetime, and that I may 
hasten to your Protection. 

For a Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Those .who follow your example will be surely saved, O Father . You took up 

your cross and you followed after Christ. In this way you taught us not to be anxious for our passing 

body. You taught us the value of treasures for our immortal soul. For this your soul rejoices with the 

angels. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Having armed yourself with purity of heart and constant prayer, you pierce the armor 

of the devil like a mighty spear! O Father , pray without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera 

Your feastday has arrived, O God-bearer. Brighter than the sun, your memory enlightens all who come 

to you in faith. O , intercessor for our souls, your soul is fragrant with immortality and you pour out 

healing for our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Tossed about by an overwhelming ocean of sinfulness, I hasten to you, the 
Calm Harbor, O Most Pure Mother. O Theotokos, I call out to you: Save mel Extend your mighty right 
hand, O Immaculate One! 

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Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O God of our fathers! Deal with us in mercy. Do not keep your mercy from us, but 

by the prayers of these saints rule our lives in peace. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O wise and venerable fathers, you endured an onslaught of oppression. With the 

waterfall of your tears you drowned the enemy's weapons. You received the grace of miracles; now pray 

unceasingly for us all! 

Stichera 

You give light to the blind, O noble and spirituaJ Fathers; you also give health to the sick and healing to 
the lame. You reach out in mercy to those who in faith come to your shrine and implore your help. We 
have found in you true protectors and intercessors; for this reason we offer you praise. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .My thoughts are unclean, my lips flattering, and my deeds are all defiled. 
What then can I do? How can I meet the Judge? O Lady Ever-Virgin, pray to your Son, the Creator and 
the Lord, to receive my soul in contrition; for He alone is compassionate. 

For a Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Your martyr received an etemal crown from You, O Lord, as the reward for his 

suffering, O God. With your strength he vanquished the daring of the devil hosts, and destroyed their 
tortures. Save our souls by his prayers! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You have become a brilliant star to guide the earth, heralding the dawn of Christ. O 
long-suffering , you have wiped out guile. You give us light. Pray without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera 

O wise and glorious Martyr, you robed yourself in the purple of divine grace, reddened by the blood of 
your own body. You crowned yourself with the incorruptible crown of life. In your right hand you hold the 
scepter of the victorious cross. You reign with Christ in everiasting joy. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .A thousand times have I promised to do penance for my sins. But my wicked 
habits do not cease, O Most Pure One; therefore, I cry out to you. I prostrate before you and pray: O 
Mother, release me from such tonments and guide me to better deeds which will lead to my salvation. 

For Several Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Your martyrs received etemal crowns from you, O Lord, as the reward for their 

suffering, O God. With Your strength they vanquished the daring of the devil hosts, and destroyed their 

tortures. Save our souls by their prayers! 

Kontakion Tone 2 O heavenly martyrs, you have become brilliant stars. By your miracles you shed 

light on the worid. You chase the murky darkness and free us from sickness. Pray to Christ unceasingly 

for us all! 

Stichera 

O praiseworthy Martyrs of Christ, you considered attacks by persecutors and violent death to be as 
nothing. Boldy you anmed yourselves with courage for battle, and robed yourselves in glorious victory. 
You were numbered with all the Just with whom we bless you in constant praise. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O how glorious is the miracle! How did you enclose in your womb the God of 
All? How did you carry the Creator of All as an infant? Truly the mind and thought are confused; your 
carrying of such a Child is beyond words. O all-blessed and pure Theotokos, pray to Him always to have 
mercy on our souls. 

For a Hieromartyr (Bistiop or Priest) 

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Troparion Tone 4 You shared in their power and sat on the throne of the apostles, O divinely inspired 

hieromartyr . You realized the joy of contemplation. You carried out the preaching of truth even to 

the shedding of your blood! Beg Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Glory be. ..now and ever.. .You lived among pastors and you endured martyrdom. 
You put out the sacrificial fires of idols and you defended your flock, wise father! Venerating you, we 
sing with sincerity: O Father , deliver us from danger by your prayers! 

Stic he ra 

O blessed, wise , you have brightened your sacred and divine garment with the crimson of your 

blood. You have gone piously from earthly power to Power, from earthly glory to Glory. Now ask that 
our souls may be granted peace and great mercy. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .You are the happiness and joy of my soul. You calm my passions, O Maiden 
and Bride of God! O Most Pure One, you swiftly cure the illnesses of my soul. You ease the temptations 
which possess me. You are a refuge in times of trouble; therefore, I extol you with praise! 

For Several Hieromartyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O God of our fathers! Deal with us in mercy. Do not keep Your mercy from us, but 

by the pryaers of these saints, rule our lives in peace. 

Kontakion Tone 3 We gather together today and praise the divine Sun's unsetting stars! You give light 

to those in the dark of ignorance, O hieromartyrs. For this we sing to you all: Hail! You are the 

inspiration of ascetics! 

Stichera 

Through priestly anointing and martyr's blood, you were drawn close to God, O glorious Priest-Martyrs. 
You are flowers of nature, spiritual omaments, summits of wisdom, theologians of righteousness, norms 
of faith, most excellent guides, and adomments of the Church. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... Whether sailing on the sea, traveling on land, flying in the air, or remaining at 
home, I keep a careful watch. Fill my mind with His grace, O Immaculate One. Enable me to do the 
Lord's will so that on judgment day I may obtain forgiveness of my sins committed during my lifetime, 
and that I may hasten to your Protection. 

For a Monk-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Those who follow your example will surely be saved, O Father . You took up 

your cross and you followed after Christ. In this way you taught us not to be anxious for our passing 

body. You taught us the value of treasures for our passing soul. For this your soul rejoices with the 

angels. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You lived as an example in the desert, fasting and tried. You walked voluntarily into 

marytrdom, venerable and now we fittingly praise you. 

Stichera 

Let us, O Faithful, praise at length the struggles of the wise ascetic, and the pains of the soldier of Christ. 
Let us cry out to the Lord: Through his intercessions, O Christ, deliver us from all dangers. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Most Immaculate Virgin, implore Him to Whom you gave birth, the Creator 
and King of All, to have mercy on your servants when He comes to judge the human race. 

For Several Monk-Martyrs 

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Troparion Tone 4 O God of our fathers! Deal with us in mercy. Do not keep Your mercy from us, but 

by the prayers of these saints, rule our lives in peace. 



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Kontakion Tone 2 O wise and venerable martyrs, you endured an onslaught of oppression. With the 
waterfall of your tears you drowned the enemy's weapons. You received the grace of miracles; now pray 
unceasingly for us all! 

Stichera 

You have struggled greatly, O Ascetics; you courageously suffered the brutality of the tortureres, giving 

up your lives to the sword with love. Crowned with martyrdom, you fittingly rejoice with the angels. 

Great were your sufferings, greater still were your rewards. We ask you to pray for our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O wretched soul, to whom has your repentance been pleasing? You are not in 

any way trying to repent. You do not fear the consuming fire. Rise up and call upon the One Aid to 

Christians for her speedy intercession. Beg her Son and our God to deliver me from the snare of the Evil 

One. 

For a Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O Jesus, with a strong voice, your lamb calls to You: I love you, my Spouse, 

and I endure suffering in search of You. In Your baptism, I am crucified and buried. I suffer for You that 
I might reign with You. I die for You that I might live with You. I am being devoured with love for You, 
so accept me as a spotless sacrifice. Merciful Savior, save us by the power of this martyr! 
Kontaktion Tone 2 We find that your precious temple is a source of health. O famous virgin-martyr, 
implore Christ on our behalf! 

Stichera 

Richly illumined with spiritual light, you scorned the world for love of the only Kingdom. By encountering 

immeasurable suffering, you defeated the enemy. O glorious Martyr , you wove a wreath of 

victory for yourself. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .You are the Joy of Angels, and the Glory of Mankind. You are the Hope of the 
Faithful, O Immaculate Mother; you are our Intercessor. We hasten to you and call in faith: by the 
prayers of all who praise you, deliver us from the assaults of the enemy, from that anguish which 
corrupts the soul, and from every tribulation, O Bride of God! 

For Several Women-Martyrs 

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Troparion Tone 1 You have run the race; you have kept the faith. You led to Christ, the Shepherd and 

Lamb, through martyrdom, O human sheep! O worthy and wonderful women, we praise Him and 

celebrate your holy memory with joy! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Let us keep the memory of those who shared the hurts of Christ. Let us seek help to 

avoid all dangers. Let us cry: Our God is with us! He honors these saints as He wishes! 

Stichera 

The young virgins, though bound by the law of nature, were truly strengthened by the Creator's love, and 
were freed from bodily ties by faith. Heroically they trampled the poweriess enemy underfoot. Gloriously 
they adomed themselves with the laurels of victory, and they found their abode in the spiritual bridal- 
chamber. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Rejoice, O Cloud of the Divine Presence! Rejoice, O bright Illumination! 
Rejoice, O Hand which holds the Bread of Life! Rejoice, O Miraculous Rod of Aaron! Rejoice, O 
Unburnable Bush, O Bridal-Chamber! Rejoice, O Throne, O Holy Mountain! Rejoice, O Refuge of All, O 
Divine Sanctuary! Rejoice, O Mystical Door, O Joy of All! 

For a Nun 

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Troparion Tone 8 Those who follow your example will surely be saved, O Mother . You took up 

your cross and followed after Christ. In this way you taught us not to be anxious for our passing body. 
You taught us the value of treasures for our immortal soul. For this your soul rejoices with the angels. 
Kontakion Tone 2 O venerable woman, you ignored cravings for rest out of love for the Lord. You 
gave light to your soul by fasting. You trample on beasts with might. You destroy the enemy's wiles by 
your prayers. 

Stic he ra 

Desiring the true glory of the fathers, you loved incorruptible glory. O , you turned away from 

pleasures, and gave your body over to repentance. You received your reward for your endeavors, and 
now you reign with Christ. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... Rejoice, O Death to Demons! Rejoice, O Daughter of Adam, most flourishing 
and unwilting Flower! Rejoice, Glory of your servants! Rejoice, Most Immaculate, and Forgiveness of 
wicked ones! Rejoice, O Gift of Salvation granted to the world by God! Rejoice, O Precious One of 
those who call upon you! Rejoice, O Mother, Glory of those who extol you! 

For Several Nuns 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 You are glorious in Christ! You have betrothed yourselves to the truth and have 

turned your backs on earthly lovers. You have been raised to the heights of incorruption by your deeds 

of virtue. You are beautiful souls! You are pillars and models of nuns. Therefore, we celebrate your 

memory lovingly, and ask you to pray for us! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You have weakened your body with fasting. You have implored the Creator with 

constant tears for your sins. You received complete pardon, both total forgivenss and the kingdom of 

heaven. Implore Christ for us all! 

Stichera 

O glorious wonder! These holy nuns set aside earthly cares to pursue supernatural perfection. They 
desired the Fountain of Goodness itself, and so came to the True Beloved. Blessed women, you are 
made radiant in His light; now deliver us from the darkness of sin by your prayers. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O how glorious is the miracle! How did you enclose in your womb the God of 
All? How did you carry the Creator of All as an Infant? Truly, the mind and thought are confused; your 
carrying of such a Child is beyond words. O all-blessed and pure Theotokos, pray to Him always to have 
mercy on our souls. 

For a Nun-Martyr 

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Troparion Tone 4 Jesus, with a strong voice Your lamb calls to You: I love You, my spouse, 

and I endure suffering in search of You. InYour baptism, 1 am crucified and buried. I suffer for You that I 
might reign with You. 1 die for You that 1 might live with You. 1 am being devoured with love for You, so 
accept me as a spotless sacrifice. Merciful Savior, save us by the prayers of this martyred nun! 

Kontakion Tone 4 O , your heavenly memory seems like the sun on the land today. Destroying 

passion by abstinence, you became the bride of Christ veiled in martyr's blood! Praising this, we seek to 
be delivered from all evil, so that we may sing: Hail, venerable Mother! 

Stichera 

First, you lived a life of penance, striving to control bodily appetites by patient endurance. Then , 

blessed of God, you defeated the wiles of the enemy, and obtained the crown of victory. You were 

crowned for your double fight by Jesus, the Lover of Mankind and Savior of Our Souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O most praised Virgin, 1 beseech you as the most precious palace of the King 

of All. Cleanse my mind which is stained by all kinds of sin. Make it a beautiful dwelling-place of the 

divine Trinity +, so that 1 may praise your abundant mercy, and that I your unworthy servant, may be 

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For a Confessor(s) 

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Troparion Tone 2 Guide of orthodoxy and teacher of purity and piety! Light of the worid and divinely 

inspired model of Hierarchs (or Monksj. You enlighten all by your teachings, like a spiritual trumpet, O 

wise . Beg Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontaklon Tone 2 You are wise in God. You delighted in abstinence. You curshed passion and were 
elevated through faith. You blossomed like the tree of life in paradiese, O holy Father . 

Stichera 

Holy and inspired , we know you as a foundation of truth and a confirmer of the faith. Your 

understanding of the dogmas was exceptional. You were a composer of piety, an abode of purity, a 

chosen vessel, the sweet fragrance of the Spirit. You were a great treasury of teaching and a pillar of the 

Church of Christ. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... Rejoice, O brightly radiating Sun, O Instrument of the Never-Setting Sun. 

Rejoice, O Wisdom, who shines with divine brilliance and rays of glory! You illumine the entire universe. 

O Most Good and Immaculate Virgin, like the Never-Setting Light, you have been an illumination for the 

faithful. 

For Charitable and Wonder-Workers 

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Troparion Tone 8 O holy and generous miracle workers! Freely have you received and freely give! 

Supply for our weakness! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You received the grace of healing. You give health to those in need. O glorious 

miracle workers and doctors, cmsh evil doings by your solicitude and heal the worid by your miracles. 

Stichera 

Like rivers overflowing with spiritual waters, you water creation with divine signs, and with the most 
famous gifts of healing. Dry up the passions which cormpt the soul, cure all ailments, and drive away 
evil spirits. O God-bearing Unmercenaries, you are intercessors for our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Rejoice, O Death to Demons! Rejoice, O Daughter of Adam, most flourishing 
and unwilting Flower! Rejoice, O Glory of your servants! Rejoice, Most Immaculate, and Forgivenss of 
wicked ones! Rejoice, O Gift of Salvation granted to the worid by God! Rejoice, O Precious One of 
those who call upon you! Rejoice, O Mother, Glory of those who extol you! 

Special Stichera 

The following stichera is used if none are given in the propers for the feast days 

Stichera for Feasts of Our Lord 

O Lord, You fill all things with Your divinity; and through Your mercy You have united Yourself to us. 
Even though one of Your natures is invisible. You have become visible in Your birth from the Most Pure 
One; You manifest Your bodily form in this holy feast. Therefore, we come before You and adore You, 
O Master; we recognize You as our Creator, and we pray: Blessed + are You, O Savior; have mercy on 
us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Master and Lover of Mankind, great is the depth of Your love for us; from 
generation to generation You bless Your creation. Without forsaking the bosom of the Father, You 
appeared on earth in the flesh as a man, and have come, calling all to repentance. We adore You as our 
King and our God, since You destroy Your enemies; save Your people who celebrate Your honored 
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Stichera for Feasts of the Holy Cross 

Today, the divine multitude of the faithful rejoice, for the Cross appears, reaching to the ends of the 
earth. It illuminates the world with the unapproachable light; it brightens the air, and adorns the face of 
the earth. The Church of Christ sings with divine songs, and venerates the most wonderful Cross which 
preserves her from on high. Strengthened by its power, let us approach the Master and cry out: Give 
peace to the world and enlighten our souls! 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Of old, Moses prefigures Your Cross, while vanquishing Amaiek and obtaining 
victory over him. David the Psalmist called it Your footstool, and directed us to adore it. We sinners 
indeed venerate Your Cross today, O Christ our God. With our unworthy lips we extol You, for You 
deigned to be crucified on it, and we entreat You, O Lord: Together, with the thief, make us worthy of 
Your kingdom. 

Stichera for Feasts of St John the Forerunner 

O blessed John the Forerunner and sincere friend of the Master, in the waters of the Jordan you touched 
His all-pure crown with your hand. By your holy intercession, raise up my humbled soul in love to the 
Lord. Extinguish the fire of ail my desires; lead me to the performance of the saving commands; truly 
cleanse the senses of my heart, that I may glorify you. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today the great Precursor has appeared; he has come forth from the barren 
womb of Elizabeth. He is a Prophet, and the greatest of all Prophets. There is no equal to the 
Forerunner. For after the lamp there followed the Light most resplendent; and after the voice came the 
Word, and after the Bridegroom's leader came the Bridegroom. He was preparing the multitude of the 
people for the Lord, cleansing them with water to prepare for the Spirit. He is the offspring of Zechariah, 
and the pupil of the wilderness, the Preacher of repentance, and the cleansing of our sin. He announced 
the resurrection of the dead to those in Hades, and now he intercedes for our souls. 

September 

September 1: The Indiction: The Beginning of the Church Year; St. Simeon the Stylite 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Indiction Tone 2 You spaced the seasons and the years on Your Own authority, so 

bless the beginning of this New Year, O Creator. Preserve our authorities and our state in peace, O 

Lord, through the prayers of the Theotokos, and save us. 

Troparion of St. Simeon Tone 1 You are a pillar of endurance like the patriarchs, O Father. You are 

like Job in your sufferings. You are like Joseph in your trials. You are like an angel taken flesh. O 

Father Simeon, beg Christ to save our souls! 

Kontakion of the Indiction Tone 2 Christ our King Who dwells on high, bless the beginning of this new 

year. For You are the One Who set the seasons and the years. You are the One Who made both night 

and day. Protect our authorities, our state and our people, and keep them at peace, O merciful Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Simeon Tone 2 You looked to heaven and became like an angel. You made your 

pillar a fiery chariot. Now that you are among those angels, join them in praying to Christ, that He might 

save our souls, O Father. 

Stichera 

Divine grace hovered over your relics, O holy Simeon. We will hasten towards the sweet fragrance of 
your miracles, drawing from them the healing of illnesses. O venerable Father, plead with Christ our 
God for our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Eternal Word and Son, together with the Holy Spirit, Creator + and Maker of 
all things visible and invisible, bless the beginning of the year, keep in peace all the faithful, through the 
prayers of the Theotokos and all Your saints. 

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From heaven You grant favorable weather to us on earth, giving both times of rain and times for the 
harvest. Today receive the prayers of Your servants; deliver the faithful from every misfortune. For all 
the works of Your hands seek Your compassion. Bless all our comings and goings and direct the works 
of our hands. Grant us the forgiveness of our sins, O Lord, for You are the One Who brought the 
universe out of non-existence, O Almighty God. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Your temperance was the crown of your life and by mortifying your body you 
swept aside the assaults of the enemy, O blessed Father Simeon. You passed over to God as one 
worthy of eternal life. For this reason, intercede unceasingly before Him, that He may have mercy on 
our souls. 

September 2: St. Mammas, Martyr 

Tropaha and Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from ttie weekday. 

September 3: St. Anthimus, Hieromartyr 

Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from tfie weel<day. 

September 4: St. Moses, Prophet 

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Troparion Tone 2 You reached the summit of virtues, O Moses, O Prophet! By this you came to see 

the glory of God. You received the tablets of the grace-giving Law, and became the crown of prophets 

and a mystery of piety; for you carried grace deep within you. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Because their prophecy is fulfilled among us, Moses, Aaron and the choir of prophets 

rejoices. The cross is in triumph today because by it You saved us. By the prayers of these holy men, 

save us, O Christ our God! 

Stictiera from For a Prophet 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 5: St. Zachary, Prophet and Father of St. John the Forerunner 

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Troparion Tone 4 You offered a sacrifice most acceptable to the Law of God, robed in the office of the 

priesthood. You were a witness to mysteries and a source of light, cleariy bearing the signs of grace 

within yourself. O Zachary most wise, O Prophet of Christ, you were slain with a sword in God's own 

house. Along with your son, pray for our salvation! 

Kontakion Tone 3 Today the father of John the Forerunner, Zachary, the priest and prophet of God, 

offered a sacrifice of his memory at the altar to nourish the faithful, for he provided food for us. This is 

how he dies: a mystic of God's grace. 

Stichera from For a Prophet 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 6: The Miracle of St. Michael the Archangel at Colossa 

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Troparion Tone 4 O Leader of the hosts of heaven! Shield us with the wings of your unearthly glory, 

and keep us safe from harm! Worthless as we are, we fall before you and beg you: Rescue us from 

harm, O Leader of heaven's hosts! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Commander of God's forces and servant of heavenly glory! Prince of angels and 

guide of men! Since you lead heaven's hostSj seek blessings and mercy for us. 



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Stichera from For the Holy Angels and Archangels. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 7: The Prefestive of the Nativity of the Theotokos; St. Sozon, Martyr 

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Troparion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Mary is bom for us today from the stump of Jesse and David's 

stocl^. Everything is renewed and dances for joy. Rejoice heaven! Rejoice earth! Joachim is happy. 

Anne rejoices. They sing; A sterile woman gives birth to God's mother, to the very source of our life! 

Troparion of St Sozon from For a Martyr 

Kontakion of the Prefestive Tone 3 Today the Virgin Theotokos, Mary, is born. The endless hall of 

heaven's king is born from a sterile woman. The chariot of the Word is so very beautiful. For this she is 

called the Deified Door and the Mother of Coming Life! 

Kontakion of St Sozon Tone 2 With a loud voice let this assembly praise Sozon! He is a true and 

wise martyr, a tested martyr of holiness and a mystic of grace. He is a source of health, and intercedes 

for us. 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 8: The Nativity of the Theotokos 

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Troparion Tone 4 Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, heralded joy to the Universe, for from you rose 

the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. He took away the curse; He gave the blessing, and by trampling 

Death, He gave us everiasting life. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Through your holy birth, O Immaculate One, Joachim and Anne were freed from the 

reproach of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. Delivered from the guilt of 

sin, your people celebrate this when they cry out to you: She who is barren gives birth to the Mother of 

God and the Sustainer of Our Life. 

Stichera 

Today God Who dominates the spiritual thrones of heaven welcomes on earth the holy throne which He 
had prepared for Himself. In His love for mankind. He Who established the heavens in wisdom has 
fashioned a living heaven. From a barren stem He has brought forth for us His Mother as a branch full 
of life. O God of miracles and hope of those who have no hope; O Lord, glory to You! 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

Sessional Hymns 

From the root of Jesse and the loins of David, Mary, the servant of God, is born for us today. The entire 

universe is renewed and now exalts; heaven and earth rejoice together. Praise her, O families of 

nations. Joachim rejoices and Anne cries out on this feast; The barren one bears the Theotokos and the 

sustainer of our life. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Repeat above. 

The Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross 

All Troparia, Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Resurrectional Tone. 

September 9: The Postfestive of the Nativity of the Theotokos; Sts. Joachim and Anne, 

Venerable Parents of the Theotokos 

Troparia 

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Troparion of Sts. Joachim and Anne Tone 1 Just people and in a state of grace, Joachim and Anne 

give birth to this holy child for us. The Holy Church solemnizes this feast in glory, and celebrates your 

precious memory. She glorifies God who has lifted up our horn of salvation! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

Kontakion of Sts. Joachim and Anne Tone 3 The chains of sterility are brohcen and Anne rejoices. 

She nurses the most pure Lady and invites us to sing to her, the Virgin Mother who is born for all 

manl^ind. 

Stichera 

Joachim and Anne are rejoicing since they have given birth to the source of our salvation, the only 
Mother of God. Let us also celebrate today with them and bless the pure Virgin who comes from the root 
of Jesse. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O blessed couple, you surpass all parents because you produced her who is 
above all creation. You are truly blessed, O Joachim, since you are the father of such a maiden. 
Blessed is your womb, O gracious Anne, since you have brought forth the Mother of our life. Blessed are 
the breasts by which He was nourished. He Who feeds every living creature. We pray to you, O blessed 
ones, entreat Him to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 10: The Postfestive of the Nativity of the Theotol(Os; Sts. Menodora, Metrodora and 

Nymphodora, Women-Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 4 You traded violent tortures and bitter death for life eternal. Three 

virgins professed the uncreated Trinity + before a false judge at an illegal trial. You followed the 

footsteps of the slaughtered Lamb when they pierced you with the sword. Pray for those who honor your 

memory! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 4 You suffered bravely for the Trinity +, and you vanquished the cunning 

enemy. You have been robed in light from unity, and now you join the company of the five wise virgins. 

Now you stand with the angels in that happy, lasting court! 

Stichera 

O virgin martyrs, you have adorned yourselves with the crimson of your blood; you have united 
yourselves to Christ our God in an incorruptible manner; He preserved your virginity in the immortal 
bridal chamber, in the heavenly dwelling not made by human hands. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .What is the festive hymn that is heard today? Joachim and Anne are 
mystically observing this day with honor, saying; Adam and Eve, rejoice today with us! Through their 
transgression of old. Paradise was closed. Now, Mary the maiden of God is being given to us as a 
blessed fruit. She opens up the entrance of Paradise to all of us. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 11: The Postfestive of the Nativity of the Theotokos; St. Theodora, Nun 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

Troparion of St. Theodora from For a Nun. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

Kontakion of St. Theodora Tone 2 You weakened your body with fasting, and you cried to the Lord 

with unending prayers, seelcing the remission of all your sins. He showed you the road to forgivenss, and 

you have reached your goal! 



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Stichera 

O Theodora, although you bore the body of a woman, you took up your dwelling in the midst of men. 
You underwent sufferings and the struggles of passions. You overcame them through fasting, unceasing 
prayer, and attentiveness to the Lord. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Virgin, today you were born a most noble child from the two just ones, 
Joachim and Anne, as the angel had promised in his announcement. To God you are a heaven, a 
throne, and a vessel of holiness; to the whole world, a herald of joy, the cause of our life, the blessing 
that wiped out the curse. You are the reason for all the blessings of God. O Maiden whom God has 
chosen, on this day of your nativity, obtain peace and great mercy for our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 12: The Leave-Taking of the Nativity of the Theotokos; St. Autonomus, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

Troparion of St. Autonomus Tone 4 The Church calls us to celebrate your memory with faith, O 

spendid and glorious Autonomus, you who have pleased the + Trinity! She rejoices. She praises you. 

Beg the Lover of Mankind to save us! 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

Kontakion of St. Autonomus Tone 2 You ministered heavenly realities, wise Autonomus, without 

blame or indifference. You became an acceptable offering, blessed one, since you drank from the 

chalice of Christ. O light for the world! O exalted Autonomus! Pray without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Nativity of the Theotokos. 

September 13: The Prefestive of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; The Rededication of the 
Church of the Holy Resurrection in Jerusalem 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive Tone 4 We lift up the holy cross to You in prayer, O Lord, for we received 

it from Your bounty in spite of our unworthiness. Save our authorities and our state, who make 

supplication through the Theotokos. 

Troparion of the Rededication Tone 4 You set the splendors of heaven firmly on their supports, and 

you also spread the beauty of Your house over the earth. Let this temple stand forever, O Lord! Hear 

the prayers we utter within its walls, through the Theotokos to You, the Life and Resurrection of us all! 

Kontakion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Today we see the saving tree which sprang from earthly seed. It is 

lifted in the church upon the hands of the bishop. The universe venerates and greets it with awe. Save 

us by it, O Lord! 

Kontakion of the Rededication Tone 4 This church has become a heaven of lights, which enlightens 

every man. Standing within its holy walls we cry: Make this house stand forever, O Lord! 

Stichera 

O Lord, observing the memory of the Rededication, we glorify and entreat You, the Giver of holiness and 
knowledge, to sanctify us through the prayers of the glorious sufferers of the passion, O all-powerful 
Good One. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today the Cross is exalted; today the faithless ones perished; today the faith is 
revealed through faithful kings. Because of the tree, Adam has fallen, and now by the Tree of the Cross 
the demons are filled with terror. O all-powerful Lord, glory to you! 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 14: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross 

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Troparion Tone 1 Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; grant victory to Your Church 
over her enemies and protect Your people by Your cross. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Willingly raised upon the cross, O Christ our God, You bestowed Your mercies upon 
a new people bearing Your name. With Your power grant joy to our Church, giving her victory over her 
enemies, with the invincible standard. Your weapon of peace, as an ally. 

Stichera 

By its elevation the Cross is like an appeal to the whole creation. We adore the blessed passion of 
Christ our God Who was suspended on it. By this Cross, Christ destroyed the one who had destroyed us. 
In His great goodness He brought us bacl( to life after we had been dead. In His mercy He clothed us 
with beauty and made us worthy of heaven. Therefore, we exalt His name with great rejoicing and glorify 
His infinite condescension. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Come ail you people, let us venerate the blessed Cross of the Lord through 
which eternal justice came to us. He who deceived Adam, the first man, was conquered by a tree, and 
the same who fettered the royal creation by his cunning has been cast down into nothingness. The 
venom of the serpent has been washed away by the divine blood of Christ. The curse of the rightful 
sentence was lifted when the just Christ was condemned unjustly. By God's plan, death that had come 
from a tree would be conquered by a Tree, and suffering would be healed by the suffering of the Lord. 
Glory to the active presence of Your providence in our lives, O Christ, our King. Through it You have 
brought salvation for all, for You are gracious and the Lover of Manltind. 

Sessional Hymns 

When the wood of Your Cross was raised on high, O Christ our Lord, the foundations of death were 
shaken. What Hades had eagerly swallowed up, it now let go in trembling. We glorify You for showing 
us Your salvation, O Holy One. Have mercy upon us, O Son of God. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .We bow down to the Tree of Your Cross, O Lover of Mankind, since You, the 
Life of all, were nailed upon it. O Savior, You opened Paradise to the thief who turned to You in faith. 
You counted him worthy of blessedness when he confessed to You, crying: O Lord, remember me! As 
You accepted him, also accept us as we call out; We have all sinned; in Your merciful kindness, do not 
forsake us. 

September 15: The Postfestive of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; St. Nicetas, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Troparion of St Nicetas Tone 4 You lovingly took up the cross for armor, and you went forth to fight 

the enemy. You were burnt to death for Christ, and thus you offered up your priestly soul to the Lord. 

You have been rewarded with the gift of healing, Nicetas, so beg Christ our God to save our souls. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Kontakion of St. Nicetas Tone 2 By your stand you leveled the power of guile; by your suffering you 

received a crown of victory. Now you rejoice amid angels, glorious Nicetas, so join them in imploring 

Christ on our behalf. 

Stichera 

We recognize you as a torchbearer of the martyrs, O Nicetas, for you suffered the passion of Christ. You 
put aside the glory of earthly treasures and despised the paganism of your ancestors. You destroyed 
their deities and victoriously put the enemy to shame. You were martyred for professing Christ and 
became a soldier of the King of heaven. Pray for us to the Benerfactor of all, so that He may be 
generous and save our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. The words of the prophets have told of the most holy wood by which Adam was 
delivered from the ancient curse and from death. On this day of its exaltation, creation raises its voice to 
beg God for the abundance of His mercy. O Lord, Your compassion is beyond measure; spare us, O 
God, and save our souls! 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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September 16: The Postfestive of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; St. Euphemia, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Troparion of St. Euphemia from For a Woman-Martyr 

Kontaldon of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Kontaldon of St. Euphemia Tone 4 You waged a good battle in your embrace of death, and after 

death, you blessed us with miraculous signs. We sing of your holy passing, praiseworhty Euphemia, 

coming to your heavenly Church with faith seeking to be saved from spiritual ills and to obtain the grace 

of your miracles. 

Stichera 

Having blossomed through good deeds and having been enlightened through meditation, you pour out 
myrrh into the hearts of the faithful. You glistened from the East like a bright star, and you brought about 
an assembly of the Holy Fathers through the coming of the Holy Spirit. O glorious Euphemia, pray to the 
Lord for the salvation of our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The four corners of the earth are sanctified today, O Christ our God, by the 
four ends of Your exalted Cross. With it, exalt Your faithful Christians who destroy the power of the 
enemy through Your Cross. You are great, O Lord, and wondrous in Your works; glory to You! 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 17: The Postfestive of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Sts. Sophia and Her Three 
Daughters: Faith, Hope and Charity, Women-Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 4 The Church celebrates and is truly happy over the newly born children 

and their beaming mother. Like the holy wisdoms, she gave birth to three children equal to the three 

theological virtues. In the company of these wise virgins, she gazes on the Word and Chaste Groom. 

We join her in her happiness and sing: O Triple Triumph - Faith, Hope and Chairty - make us firm in 

faith, hope and charity. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 1 Wisdom has put on Hellenic grace! Sophia's children, her holy 

offspring, have been shown to us. They endured death and have become victors, crowned by Christ, the 

Master of all. 

Stichera 

The noble ones were not concemed about fire, torture and death, because through faith they sought the 
beauty of the radiant Bridegroom. Sophia's daughters, Faith, Hope and Charity, adorned with numerous 
wounds, were spirtually united with Him. For their sake, O Lord, deliver us from evil. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The Tree of life which was planted in the place of the Skull, the Tree upon 
which the King of the Ages brought about our salvation, is raised up in the middle of the earth today. It 
sanctifies the ends of the earth and the Church of the Resurrection celebrates its rededication now. The 
angels rejoice in heaven, and those upon the earth exalt with joy and say with David: Exalt the Lord our 
God and bow before His throne and before His footstool, for He is holy; it is He Who grants great mercy 
to the world. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 18: The Postfestive of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; St. Eumenius, Hierarch 

Troparia 

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Troparion of St Eumenius Tone 7 You enriched your life with fasting. You loved the poor and gave 
them all you had. You were brighter than the sun in virtue, cheering the sad and comforting the 
mourning. By virtue of these riches, Father Eumenius, beg Christ to forgive our sins by your prayers. 
Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Kontaktion of St. Eumenius Tone 2 Illumined by the divine Light, Blessed Eumenius, enlighten us who 
sing of your glorious and holy death. Father and hierarch, Eumenius, pray without ceasing for us all. 

Stichera 

We have gathered together to venerate the apostle of Crete, the unshakable foundation of the Church, 
Bishop Eumenius. He is magnified in miracles and glorified in many powers. As a light of the faithful, he 
illumined those whose hearts were darkened. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Hidden in the earth as a divine treasure, the Cross of the Giver of Life now 
appeared in the heavens to the godly king, and its inscription spiritually signified his victory over the 
enemy. Rejoicing with faith and love, he was inspired by God and hastened to raise on high the Cross 
that he had seen in his vision. With great zeal he brought it forth from the bosom of the earth for the 
deliverance of the worid and the salvation of our souls 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 19: The Postfestive of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Sts. Trophimus, Sabbatius 

and Dorymedont, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 8 God is praised in the + Trinity, and He praises a trio of martyrs: 

Trophimus, Sabbatius and Dorymedont. By their faith they conquered the enemy. By their prayers, 

have mercy on us, O Christ God! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 8 Brave and blessed. Wise Trophimus! The Church praises and honors 

your radiant passion as a support for martyrs and a support of virtue. Along with your suffering 

companions, praiseworthy saint, obtain purification for those who sing to you, because you are 

unconquerable! 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 20: The Postfestive of the Exaltation of the IHoly Cross; Sts. Eustace, Theopists, 

Agapius and Theopistus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Kontakion of the Saints from For Several Martyrs. 

Stichera 

O Christ, Your precious Cross shining as brightly as the sun is made secure on the glorious place of the 
skulls. It is raised up on Your most holy mountain, O Savior. Since You are the Lover of Mankind, You 
have raised up our nature into heaven through Your Cross, O all-powerful One. 

Glory be.. .now and ever.. .By his life Eustace was likened to a diamond. Through his sufferings and 
struggles, he became an image of virtues and a pillar of patience for us. Having lost wife wife and 
children, he truly was another Job. He was faithful in life and unshakable in temptations. He carried the 
trophy of victory in his sufferings. We pray that Christ grant enlightenment and purification to our souls 
through him. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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September 21: The Leave-Taking of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; St. Quadratus, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Troparion of St. Quadratus from For An Apostle. 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Kontakion of St. Quadratus from For An Apostle. 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

September 22: St. Phocas, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 6 As a bishop, you offered the sacrifice, Father Phocas, and at the end you offered 

yourself. You gave witness of Christ before the law, strengthened by angels and eager for death. Be 

ever with those who sing to you: Be with us, Phocas, and never against us! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns for the weekday. 

September 23: The Conception of St. Elizabeth of St. John the Forerunner 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Although you had no first-bom son because of sterility, still you should to be happy, O 

Zachary. Look! Now you have conceived the sun who is going to enlighten the universe, so blind, so ill. 

Sing Zachary! Sing with confidence; God's prophet is going to enter the world. 

Kontakion Tone 1 The great Zachary rejoices with his famous wife Elizabeth, for they have conceived 

the Precursor, John. The archangel announced this news with joy, and we faithful honor him as a great 

mystic, for he is worthy of this. 

Stichera from For Feasts of St. John the Forerunner 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 24: St. Thecia, Protomartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Instructed by the words of Paul, O bride of God, Thecia, you were made firm in the 

faith by Peter. You have become a protomartyr among women, and one of the first to suffer. You 

walked into the flames as into a cool garden; the beasts and the brutes shunned the cross of your armor. 

Praiseworthy Thecia, beg Christ to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 8 You were radiant with the splendor of virginity, and you were adorned with the crown 

of martyrdom. O glorious virgin, you put your faith in the apostles, and tumed fire into dew. As the 

protomartyr among women, you calmed the wrath of the bull by prayer. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



September 25: St. Euphrosyna, Nun 



Troparia 

Troparion from For a Nun. 



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Kontakion Tone 2 You forsook all sensuality here on earth seeking to find the life of heaven. You lived 
your life in the company of men, most beautiful Euphrosyna and you never sought a spouse on earth for 
the sake of Christ your spouse. 

Stichera from For a Nun. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 26: The Dotmition of St. John the Theologian, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 Beloved apostle of Christ our God, hasten to save the faithful, who look to you. O 

Theologian, beg Him for peace and mercy for us, who fall in veneration before you. Disperse the 

darkness which shrouds the nations. 

Kontakion Tone 1 Hail, Mother of God, Virgin Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you 

among women, and blessed if the Fruit of your womb, for you have given birth to Christ, the Savior and 

Deliverer of our souls. 

Stichera 

As witness of revelations beyond words and interpreter of the sublime mysteries of God, O Son of 
Zebedee, you have written the gospel of Christ for us. You taught us to glorify the Father +, Son and 
Holy Spirit. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let all mankind give the praise that is due to John, the son of thunder, the 
virgin apostle and bearer of God's message, the chief theologian and the first to proclaim the truths 
which are contained in the teachings of divine Wisdom. For always being filled with that which is divine, 
he said: In the beginning was the Word, not separated from the Father but equal to the Father according 
to His nature, thereby showing us the right worship of the Holy + Trinity. He has also shown us that the 
Word was with the Father, the Creator of all, and that He bears life and has shown us the true light. O 
awesome marvel! O Wisdom! John was filled with love for God; he was also filled with glory, honor and 
faith; he was the preacher of our pure faith. Because of this, we shall obtain eternal blessing on the day 
of judgment. 

Sessional Hymns 

O most wise Apostle, you have been called son of the divine thunder; for you have deafened the ears of 
evildoers, and, to upright hearts, you sounded the sweetest trumpet, the Incarnation of the Word. As a 
true friend of Christ, you have reclined upon His breast from which you have drawn the depth of 
knowledge. You proclaimed to all that the Word was co-etemal with the Father. O John the Apostle, 
intercede with Christ our God that He may forgive the offenses of those who keep your holy memory. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Theotokos, having ineffably conceived in your womb the Wisdom and the 
Word, you have brought forth the One who embraces the whole world. You have held in your arms the 
One who preserves all, the sustainer of all, and the Creator Who formed our nature. Therefore, I entreat 
you, O all-holy Virgin, that I may be delivered from my offenses when I stand before the face of my 
Creator. Give me your help, O pure Virgin and Lady, for all things are possible for you. 

September 27: St. Callistratus and His Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You suffered deep wounds and received your crown from God. Pray to Christ for 

those who keep your dear memory alive, great Callistratus, with those who suffered along with you, that 

He might give peace to His people and His flock, O blessed martyrs, for He is the strength of the faithful! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weel<day. 



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Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You blended the river of your tears with the wellspring of your profession and in those 

waters you wash away the sins of those who esteem your precious memory. You present them clean 

before their God and Master, so beg Him to save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You reveled in chastity and subdued the lust of the flesh, and you have been raised 

up on high, wise Chariton. You have blossomed like the tree of paradise, O Chariton, all blessed and 

most sacred! 

Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

September 29: St. Cyriacus, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 A desert dweller! An angel in the flesh! You have been given to us as a 

wonderworker. Receiving heavenly gifts through fasting, God-bearing Father Cyriacus, you heal the sick 

by prayer and fasting, and those who come afflicted to you. Glory to Him who gave you this power! 

Glory to Him Who crowned you! Glory to Him Who heals us through you! 

Kontakion Tone 8 The holy Lavra celebrates this annual feast, venerating you as a champion and 

defender. Since you have found grace with God, protect us from the vicious enemies so that we may 

sing: Hail, most blessed Father! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weel<day. 

September 30: St. Gregory of Armenia, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Today we faithful people are invited to sing a hymn, to exalt in our assembly with 

love the daystar of the Unsetting Light; the truly heroic pastor; the long-suffering shepherd; the model of 

ascetics and martyrs; the radiant glory of the Church of Annenia. Let us bless the divinely inspired 

Gregory who is crowned with the martyrs' diadem with hymns of praise. 

Kontakion Tone 2 With sacred chants and hymns of praise, let us exalt the brave shepherd and 

teacher, Gregory. He is a prince of priests and truly blessed. He is a light for the worid and a true hero. 

He is true martyr and intercedes with Christ for us. 

Stichera from For a Hieromarty. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 

October 1: The Protection of the Theotokos 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, the faithful people solemnly celebrate 
today, and gazing upon your immaculate image, they humbly say: Watch over us with your noble 
protection, and deliver us from ail evil by asking your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls. 
Kontakion Tone 3 Today the Virgin is present in the Church and with the annies of Saints invisibly 
prays to God for us. The Angels worship with the Archangels and the Apostles rejoice with the Prophets, 
because in our behalf, the Mother of God prays to the eternal God. 

Stichera 

O most pure Theotokos, you are a mighty defender for those in sorrow. You are a ready help to those in 
trouble. You are the salvation and confinnation of the worid. You are the depth of mercy, the fount of 



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God's wisdom and the protectress of the world. O faithful, let us sing and praise her glorious protection, 

saying: Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, and through you He grants great mercy to the 

world. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .All the leaders of the heavenly armies form a spiritual choir and rejoice with all 

of us when they see the Lady and Queen of all praised by the faithful. The spirits of the just also rejoice 

as they witness the vision of the Queen praying with outstretched arms. She asks for peace in the world, 

power and strength for our Church, and salvation for our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

Encircled by the light of the angelic hosts, O Lady, and by the ranks of the apostles and prophets, and 
receiving as the Mother of God their holy veneration, visit us, your servants, and entreat Christ our God 
to grant us His abundant mercy. 
Glory be. ..now and eyer... Repeat above. 

October 2: St. Cyprian, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You renounced the occult in order to learn of God, and you became one of the wisest 

men on earth, healing those who venerate you and Justinia. Join her in seeking salvation for us from 

Christ our God. 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 3: St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Nun 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 O holy Therese, you became sublime through your humility and flew on the wings of 

your longing for God. When you anrived in the Etemal City and, wearing the crown of virginity, appeared 

before your Divine Spouse, you kept your promise to remember those who have recourse to you. You 

showered upon the world the roses of mercy and grace. Since you multiplied miracles, intercede with 

Christ God that He may save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The holy virgin Therese of the Child Jesus, full of the abundance of divine wisdom, 

went with joy along the way of evangelical childhood, and with the grace of God attained in this way the 

summit of virtue. Wherefore, she now bestows blessings as she promised upon all those who come to 

her with faith. O glorified child, intercede with Christ God that He may have mercy on our souls! 

Stictiera from For a Nun. 
Sessional Hymns from the weeiiday. 

October 4: St. Francis of Assisi, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 In you, O Father Francis, has been preserved without defect the image of Christ our 

God, Having shown us the poverty of Christ, you have not left us orphaned in your death. Pray without 

ceasing for us all! 

Kontakion Tone 3 You are a Catholic man and an apostle of Christ's Church. O holy Francis, beloved 

of Christ God. By your example you taught us to honor the priests of the Lord. You loved the cross of 

Christ exceedingly and asked to be praised in it alone. Therefore, the wortd was crucified to you and you 

to the worid. By your prayers, deign that we, too, may stand at the right side of God on the day of 

judgment. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weel<day. 



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October 5: St. Charitina, Martyr 

TroparJa 

Troparion from For a Woman-Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You shamed the violent enemy with your deep insight, after you had strengthened 

your soul with faith, Charitina. Blessed lady, you went into the presence of Christ, wearing a gown dyed 

red in your blood. Now that you stand in the company of angels, pray for the salvation of our souls! 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 6: St. Thomas, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 You were both a disciple of Christ and a member of the apostolic college. Your lack 

of faith proved the Resurrection, and your touch unleashed awe. O Thomas ever worthy of praise, obtain 

peace and mercy for us! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Full of wisdom and grace, the apostle of Christ and true priest cried in repentance: 

You are truly my Lord and my God! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 7: Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Staunch support of those who suffer Christ's passion, O eyes of Christ's Church, open 

the eyes of our souls, O persevering Sergius, O glorious Bacchus. Pray to the Lord that we might 

escape the darkness of sin and may come to see the unsetting Sun by your prayers. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Taking arms against the enemy by understanding, you destroyed their guile; you 

triumphed in heaven! With one heart you praiseworthy martyrs sang this chant: It is a good and 

beautiful thing to be with the Lord. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 8: St. Pelagia, Nun 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Nun. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You weakened your body with fasting, and you cried to the Lord with unending 

prayers, seeking the remission of all your sins. He showed you the road to forgiveness, and you have 

reached your goal! 

Stichera from For a Nun. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 9: St. James, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Let us extol James with praises as a herald of God, for he implanted the orthodox 

faith deeply in the souls of men. Now he stands before the master's throne and rejoices in the company 

of angels, praying for us all unceasingly. 



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Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 10: Sts. Euiampius and Eulampia, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 3 We venerate this brother and sister as brave martyrs, for by their violent crucifixion 

they shamed the evil of men. They have shown us the glory and fame of martyrs. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

The Sunday between October 11 - 18: The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh 

Ecumenical Council 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 O Christ our God, You are above all praise, for You established our Fathers as light 

to all the earth. You led us to the true faith through them. O Most Bountiful Lord, glory be to you. 

Kontakion Tone 6 How the Son proceeded from the Father our words cannot express, but having two 

natures. He was bom of a woman. We do no reject His image when we behold it, but in faith we 

venerate and honor it. And the Church professes it as true belief when she honors the image of Christ's 

incarnation. 

Theotoklon Tone 6 O gentle Protectress of Christians, unfailing Mediatrix before the Creator, do not 

despise the prayerful voices of sinners, but in your goodness hasten to assist those who trustfully cry out 

to you: Inspire us to prayer and hasten to hear our supplication; intercede always. Mother of God, in 

behalf of those who honor you. 

Stichera 

Truly the Seven Councils of the Fathers, although held at various times, were brought together under the 
canons and in good order by the Patriarch Germanus the New. By inscribing and establishing their 
doctrines and offering themselves as intercessors with the Lord, the Fathers are protectors of our 
salvation and shepherds of the fold. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let us honor today those mystical trumpets of the Spirit, namely the God- 
mantled Fathers who, speaking of divine things, sang in the midst of the Church a hymn in unison, 
teaching that the Trinity + is One, not differing in Substance or Godhead, refuting Arius and struggling for 
the orthodox faith. They always intercede with the Lord to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

October 11: St. Philip, Deacon 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You are an apostolic grace, Philip, and you astonished all Samaria. Your divinely 
inspired words gave the eunuch understanding, so that he was baptized and gave glory to God when he 
comprehended the incomprehensible. O holy apostle, obtain grace and mercy for us from God! 
Kontakion Tone 4 Philip conversed with apostles and fished for men. He was one of the first chosen by 
the apostles. Now he gives a wealth of cures to the world, and protects from calamity those who honor 
him. Therefore we sing joyfully to him: Save us all by your prayers, O Apostle! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 12: Sts. Probus, Tarachus and Andronicus, Martyrs 



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Troparia 

Troparion Tone 5 The Powers of heaven were amazed when they saw the work of these men. With 

physical bodies they conquered spirits of evil through the power of the holy cross. They pray to the Lord 

to find mercy for us. 

Kontakion Tone 2 These three martyrs, Probus, Tarachus and Andronicus, have shown us true glory. 

They undid all the godlessness of the torturers by their patient and brave acceptance of martyrdom. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 13: Sts. Carpus, Papylus, Agathonica and Agathodorus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The Master has given us your relics as a treasure of great value, a fountain of 

health. This is how He removes the pain of suffering; this is how He gives grace to our souls. So all 

together we celebrate your feast, O martyrs! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 14: St. Paraskevas, Nun 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You followed closely in the steps of Christ your Spouse, loving the silent, desert life. 
As a young woman you took up His yoke, and armed yourself against the enemy with the cross. By 
fasting and prayer, by tears and penance, you utteriy quenched the fires of passion. Now you stand with 
the wise virgins in Christ's presence, and pray for those who honor your memory, O Paraskevas! 
Kontakion Tone 6 Let us all sing of holy Paraskevas, patron of those in peril. She spumed corruption's 
crown and received the lasting one, and so God has given her glory and the grace of miracles. 

Stichera from For a Nun. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 15: St. Euthymius, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You walked through storms and did not become wet, and with the arrows of your 

tears you slew the foe. You received the grace to work miracles. Father Euthymius, and you heal all our 

maladies. Pray without ceasing for us all. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 16: St. Longinus the Centurion, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The Church remembers the holy martyr Longinus today, and she is made truly 

happy. She sings this song to the Lord: You are my strength and perseverance, O Christ! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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October 17: St. Andrew of Crete, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 On the mountain you reached the summit by fasting. You destroyed the protection of 

the foe by the arms of the cross. You robed yourself bravely in martyrdom, cutting Copronymus down 

with the sword of faith. This is why God crowned you, memorable Andrevy, O venerable and truly 

blessed martyr! 

Kontakion Tone 3 The capitol city keeps your memory today, inviting every city and region to join the 

feast. It is proud to possess your martyred body, O Andrew, light of orthodoxy! 

Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 18: St. Luke the Evangelist, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 5 Let us praise the holy and glorious apostle Lulce with sacred chants, for he is a living 

doctor who heals human wealcnesses, the ills of souls and the siclcness of nature. He is the august writer 

of Christ's Gospel and the story of the Acts of the Apostles. He recorded for the Church what had been 

unwritten. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Let us praise the heavenly Luke, a preacher of true holiness, an expositor of 

ineffable mysteries, a star in the Church. The Word Who searches all hearts chose him and Paul to be 

teacher of the gentiles. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 19: St. Joel, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 You knew beforehand of the coming of God in the flesh, and the descent of the Holy 

Spirit. You announced the impending judgment, O prophet Joel. By your prayers save those who 

venerate you from all sorrow. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O prophet preaching God, you were filled with comforting inspiration. You 

manifested the light of the nations long before He came. For this we praise you devotedly, and we lay 

hold of your sacred memory. We sing to you: Beg Christ God to save our souls! 

Stichera from For a Prophet 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 20: St. Artemius, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You were fortified by the orthodox faith, O martyr, and you vanquished the torturer 

and his idol offerings. Because you reproached that king, the Great King has bestowed on you a shining 

crown of victory and astonishing miracles of healing with which you heal all who call on you. O great 

Artemius, beg Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 2 As we all join in this procession, let us praise Artemius with fitting hymns, for he was 

a devout and crowned martyr, who laid hold on the victory against the foe. He is great among the 

martyrs, and a rich source of miracles. He prays to the Lord for all of us. 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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October 21 : St. Hilarion the Great, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Like the great Anthony you were the strength of monks, a model for the desert- 
dwellers and a miracle-worker. You are a source of help for people troubled by passion. O Father 
Hilarion, pray for those who keep your holy memory. 

Kontakion Tone 3 As we all join in this procession today, let us praise this never waning light of the 
brilliant Sun. You enlighten those in the darkness of ingnorance, and you guide them on to the heavenly 
peaks. Therefore, we cry to you; Hail, Father Hilarion, model of ascetics! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 22: St. Abercius, Equal to the Apostles, Bishop 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You became a preacher of truth and a worker of miracles, a father of orphans and a 

support of the poor, a brave shepherd of the flock and a terror to devils. Defend those who cry to you, 

Father Abercius, and beg Christ our God to save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 8 The whole Church venerates you, Abercius, as a comrade of the apostles and a truly 

great priest. Since you are always in our memory, blessed saint, preserve the Church undisturbed and 

unconquered, free from any heresy and totally pure! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 23: St. James the Less, Apostle and Brother of the Lord 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 You received the Gospel as a disciple of the Lord. You obtained the uninscribable by 

your martyrdom. As a relative of the Lord, you are a powerful intercessor before Him. As a hierarch you 

can pray for us. Beg Christ our God to save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The only-begotten divine Word of the Father arriving on earth in this last age has 

made you the protopastor and apostle of Jerusalem, and the accurate architect of spiritual mysteries. 

For this we all venerate you, O apostle! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 24: St. Arethas and His Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 Opposing the vile king after the example of Christ, this martyr reproached his 

disbelief in Christ. He acted bravely and suffered torture and death. For this the angels praise you, 

Arethas, and those who suffered with you, and generations of the faithful will always bless you as a sure 

intercessor for our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Today is the truly splendid feast of the martyrs. An intercession of happiness is ours 

today. Let us celebrate this feast and bless the Lord in heaven. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 25: Sts. Marcian and Martyrius, Martyrs 
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Troparion Tone 1 A pair of martyrs worthy of each other, Marcian and Martyrius, have crushed the 
infamy of Arius. Obeying Paul the teacher of orthodoxy, they taught that the Son is consubstantial with 
the Father and + the Spirit. They died under the sword, therefore, and have joined Christ. They 
intercede with Him to save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You deported yourselves piously since you were children, Marcian and Martyrius, 
and you came to crush Arius. You preserved orthodox doctrine intact, following that wise teacher, Paul. 
You have found life in his company as defenders of the + Trinity. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 26: St. Demetrius the Great, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 The world has seen you as a defender of those imperiled, and a conquerer of the 

nations, O martyr. In cutting down the arrogance of Leo, you bolstered Nestor by your courage. O holy 

Demetrius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 2 God washed the Church red in the rivers of your blood, and presented you to her as 

an invincible power. Keep this city safe, for you are its patron. 

Stichera 

O glorious martyr Demetrius, like a bright star you glisten forever for your fatherland because you always 
protect it from destruction at the hands of enemies, and you deliver it from every strife and menace. 
Therefore, O blessed one, your people annually observe your memory and celebrate with joy, and with 
faith and love they extol the Lord who glorfied you. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today the universal feast of the martyr summons us. Come, therefore, O 
lovers of feasts, let us celebrate his memory in splendor and say: Rejoice, for you overcame the snares 
of the enemy by the might given to you by the one God. Rejoice, for you suffered wounds by the thrusts 
of a sword, and thus spiritually depicted for us the blessed passion of Christ. O Demetrius, O inspiration 
of martyrs, implore Him that we be delivered from visible and invisible enemies, and that our souls may 
be saved. 

Sessional Hymns 

Let us devoutly observe today the feast of the martyr Demetrius, for he prays constantly to Christ to 
grant great mercy to us all. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O faithful, let us bless the Theotokos, the fervent defender of those in danger. 
She is our help and our conversion to God. Through her we have been delivered from corruption. 

October 27: St. Nestor, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 You took up the power of the cross from the great Demetrius and you ventured forth 

against the giant. His terrible strength did not save him, but he was struck down by you. They killed you 

for this, holy martyr, but your bravery ushered you in before Christ. O Nestor, pray for our peace and for 

mercy on us all! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Having perfectly endured your martyrdom, you have inherited immortal glory. You 

have become a perfect soldier for the Master through the prayers of the great Demetrius. Join him, 

blessed Nestor, and pray without ceasing for us all. 

Stichera 

O wondrous martyr Nestor, you girded yourself with the armor of Christ. Then you overcame Leo the 
emperor. By visible and invisible arrows you fettered Satan and put him to death, O greatly-gifted one. 
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Glory be. ..now and ever.. .We implore you, our most pure Intercessor, never allow your sorely afflicted 
servants to perish. But hasten to snatch us from the forthcoming wrath and grief. O most holy and pure 
Theotokos, you are our rampart and invincible help. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 28: St. Parasceva, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Truly wise and truly praiseworthy martyr of Christ! You laid aside women's 

weaknesses and mustered the strength of men. You conquered the devil and shamed the torturers! 

How boldly you cried: Rip me limb from limb! Bum me in your fire! I will only go joyfully to Christ my 

Spouse! By her prayers, O God, save us! 

Kontakion Tone 3 You poured your blood out like the finest wine for Christ your Spouse. You pleased 

the angelic choirs in their songs, and vanquished the devil. Because of this, we honor your faithfully, O 

long-suffering Parasceva. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 29: St. Anastasia, Nun-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Nun-Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 3 You were cleansed by the waters of virginity, Mother, and you were espoused to 

Christ by your blood. You heal those with afflictions, Anastasia, and you find salvation for those who ask 

it sincerely. Releasing a never drying river of grace, Christ grants you the power to do this. 

Stichera from For a Nun-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 30: Sts. Zenobius and Zenobia, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 We fittingly praise this divinely inspired pair: Zenobius and Zenobia, for they were 

witnesses to the truth and preachers of holiness. They lived together; they died together. Together, they 

received a lasting crown in martyrdom! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

October 31: Sts. Stachis, Ampliatus, Urban and Narcissus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 Like sacred treasures of the most Holy Spirit, and beams from the very Sun of glory, 

let us praise these wise apostles at length: Stachis, Ampliatus, Urban and Narcissus, for they reaped the 

grace of God! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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November 

November 1: Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Wonderworkers 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 O generous and wonderworking saints, Cosmas and Damian, help us in our needs. 

Freely have you received; freely give to us! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You have received the power to work wonders, and you heal those who are in need. 

Heal the world by your concem and vanquish the soldiers of evil, O glorious physicians and 

wonderworkers! 

Stichera from For Charitable and Wonderworkers. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 2: Sts. Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphdonius, Elpidephorus and Anempodistus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 O martyrs, blessed is the earth which has drunk your blood! Holy are the tombs 

which have received your bodies! In the fumace you conquered the foe and preached Christ. Intercede 

with the gracious Lord to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 2 O sovereign gracious Lord! You delighted your saints by taking them into rest. 

Those holy and God-bearing martyrs: Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphdonius, Elpidephorus and 

Anempodistus, who gave up all the goods of the earth! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 3: Sts. Acepsimas, Joseph and Aithalus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 3 You perfonned the divine mysteries without taint. Drinking from Christ's chalice you 

became a sacrifice. O wise Saint Acepsimas, along with your fellow martyrs, pray without ceasing for us 

all! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 4: St. Joannicius the Great, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Against the hostile flesh you fought like a brave soldier, and you battled spiritual 
enemies by deep fasting. You vanquished legions of devils by humility, and have shown yourself a great 
conquerer. You received the power to heal from God. Now beg Him to save our souls, O Joannicius! 
Kontakion Tone 8 You became a brilliant star over the earth, guiding those in the fog of passions. You 
became a truly effective doctor, for you received the grace to heal. Heal those who petition you. Father 
Joannicius, that we may ever sing to you! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 5: Sts. Galacteon and Epistemis, Martyrs 

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Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You have enrolled among Christ's martyrs, in the company of the perfect soldiers. 
You joined, O Galacteon, your fellow martyr and your own dear wife Epistemis, so pray without ceasing 
to the only God for us all! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 6: St. Paul, Hieromartyr 

Troparja 

Troparion Tone 3 The Church sees you as another Paul, because of your exposition of the divine faith. 

The blood of Abel and Zachariah calls for you to the Lord. O Father Paul, beg Christ our God to have 

mercy on us! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You shone over the earth like a heavenly star, and now you enlighten the catholic 

Church. For her sake, you shed your blood, and made a gift of your soul, O Paul. Just like the blood of 

Abel and Zachariah, your blood cried out to the Lord with might! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 7: The Thirty-Three Martyrs of Meiitene 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 The radiant choir of martyrs in festal robes adorns the church today by coming 

among us. We celebrate their precious memory, and beg a favor from You, O Savior: By their prayers, 

keep us from all troubles so we can sing alleluia to You! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 8: St. Michael the Archangel and all the Heavenly Angels 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Leaders of the heavenly armies, although we are always unworthy, we beseech 

you that with your prayers you may encircle us with protection of the wings of your angelic glory. Watch 

over us as we bow low and earnestly cry out to you: Deliver us from trouble, O Princes of the heavenly 

armies. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Leaders of the armies of God, and servants to the Divine Glory, guardians of men 

and leaders of the angels, intercede for us in all our needs, and obtain for us abundant mercy; for you 

are the leaders of the heavenly hosts. 

Stichera 

O Archangel Michael, you manifested yourself to be the greatest defender of the thrice-holy Source of 
Light. Together with the Powers on high, you joyfully call out: Holy are You, O Father. Holy are You, O 
co-eternal Word. Holy are You, + O Holy Spirit. You are the one glory, the one kingdom, and one 
nature; You are the one Divinity and Power. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... Rejoice with us, all you leaders of the angels; for the great Archangel, your 
captain and our guardian, appears today in his holy church. He wondrously watches over us and truly 
sanctifies this place. Therefore, singing his praises daily, let us cry aloud to him: Keep us safe by the 
protection of your wings, O great Archangel Michael. 

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O commander of the heavenly hosts, you stand before the awesome throne of all times, and you are 
illumined by the rays of the thrice-holy God. Enlighten and sanctify your assembly which is gloriously 
celebrating your memory today, and deliver them from all tyranny of the enemy. Beg for a peaceful life 
for all rulers throughout all the world. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The heavenly Michael is a member of the choir of angels. Together with him, 
they offer songs of praise to the Holy Trinity + because He Who has created all things out of nothing has 
directed the heavenly hosts by His word. 

Novembers.- St. Matrona, Nun 

Troparia and Stichera from For a Nun. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 10: Sts. Erastus, Olympus, Sosipater, Tertius and Quartus, Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You illumined your mind with light divine, and you refuted crafty arguments with true 

wisdom. You converted the Gentiles, O glorious apostles, and you brought them to the Master, teaching 

them to worship the + Trinity! 

Stichera from For Several Apostles. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 11: Sts. Mennas, Victor and Vincent, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You have made those martyrs who shared in Your Passion ornaments of glory for the 

world, O Lord and Master. We have an invincible advocate in them! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Christ our God summoned you from an earthly army, and enlisted you in the army of 

heaven, O martyr Mennas. You have been given the untarnishing crown of the martyrs! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 12: St. Josaphat, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You have become a brilliant light, O hieromartyr Josaphat! You gave up your life for 

your sheep like the Good Shepherd. You were slain by the lovers of heresy, and you have walked into 

the Holy of Holies to rest in the company of the angels. O long-suffering saint, we make this petition to 

you: Beg Christ, the Prince of Shepherds, to save our souls, and to number us among the sheep on His 

right hand! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You were enlightened by a spark from the crucified Christ from the lime you were a 

child. You were like an angel in monastic life, living in it with true holiness. You openly preached unity, 

and with your martyr's blood you calmed the hearts of those who had been tossed about by schism. 

Christ has crowned you and we sing to you: Hail, unshatterable pillar of unity! 

Stichera 

O Josaphat, you are worthy of glory. Your sacred vestment was stained with your martyr's blood, and 
now you have entered into the Holy of Holies with the Lord Who rejoices for you. From Him you have 
received victory for your labors, an eternal crown, everlasting beauty, and the life of Paradise. O great 
martyr Josaphat, now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches and great mercy to 
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Glory be. ..now and ever...O great martyr Josaphat, you were a true priest until the time of your death. 
As a priest you were a minister of the ineffable mysteries of Christ. You poured out your blood as did 
Christ our God, presenting yourself as an acceptable sacrifice. Because of that, you are confident in His 
presence. Pray for the faith of those who observe and venerate your all-holy memory, so that your flock 
and the whole world may be delivered from all dangers, invasions, enemies, and sieges. 

Sessional Hymns 

Having put aside all earthly things, and having lived chastely in the body like an angel, in spirit your 
conversation was with angels. Indeed you conquered the surging passions of the flesh. You showed 
yourself to be pleasing to the Holy Trinity +, O all-blessed one. Because of that, you heal the sufferings 
of the sick and cast out evil spirits through the grace of Christ. O our God-bearing father and great 
martyr Josaphat, implore Christ God to remit the sins of those who lovingly celebrate your memory. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Since you gave birth to Him Who is unchangeable as God, O gracious One, 
through your maternal prayers make firm my heart. Then I, who am constantly changed by sin, call to 
you: O Virgin Theotokos, have mercy on the flock that belongs to you, O all-Immaculate One. 

November 13: St. John Chrysostom, Hierarch 

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Troparion Tone 8 Like a brilliant torch flooding the universe with light, the grace of your lips has shown 

the worid the riches of poverty and has taught us the heights of lowliness! Instructed by your words, 

Father John Chrysostom, we entreat you: Beg Christ the Word of God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 6 You received divine grace from heaven, and your lips have taught everyone to 

worship the Trinity +, the only God. We praise you all blessed Father John Chrysostom, for you are our 

guide, because you reveal things divine to us! 

Stichera 

Let us praise in song the God-inspired instrument and golden-forged trumpet, the boundless depth of 
dogma, the affirmation of the Church and the heavenly mind, the depth of wisdom and the chalice of 
purest gold that poured forth sweet rivers of leaming and nourished all creation. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O thrice-venerable and most holy Father, you are the good shepherd and the 
student of Christ the chief Shepherd who gave his life for his flock. Now, ever-praised John Chrysostom, 
grant that through your prayers we may receive great mercy. 

Sessional Hymns 

You were a sacred vessel of the Church, an unassailable treasure of piety, O holy Bishop; your life shone 
brightly because you did not seek your own pleasure. You are the source of mercy for those in need; O 
venerable Father, pray to Christ our God to grant great mercy to our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .He is the meadow of the inspired words of the Scriptures, the one who shows 
us the path to repentance, and the one who underwent so many sufferings. Therefore, let us venerate 
Chrysostom as it is fitting, for we are the faithful who have been formed by his teaching. Indeed, he now 
intercedes before the Lord that He may have mercy on our souls. 

November 14: St. Philip, Apostle 

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Troparion Tone 3 The whole worid is adorned! Ethiopia sings for joy at her crown, for she received 

light from you, glorified preacher Philip! She celebrates your memory! You taught everyone to believe 

in Christ, and you completed the course of the Gospel. Now Ethiopia has come to serve God. Beg Him 

to have mercy on us! 

Kontakion Tone 8 Your disciple and friend, Philip, preached You to the worid. Preserve Your Church 

from her enemies by his prayers, and every city through those of the Theotokos! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

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November 15: The Beginning of the Christmas Fast (Advent); Sts. Gurias, Samonis and 

Aviva, Martyrs 

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Troparion of the Christmas Fast Tone 4 To be said everyday throughout the Christmas Fast 

Prepare yourself, O Bethlehem; reopen yourself to all, O Eden; adorn yourself, O Ephratha, for in a cave 

the Tree of Life blossonned forth fronn a Virgin. Her womb revealed itself to be the mystical paradise, in 

which the Divine Plant grows, and eating thereof we shall live and not die as did Adann. For Christ is 

born so that our fallen nature might be restored. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 5 You have given us a perfect wall of defense in the miracles of Your 

martyrs, O Lord. You wipe out the Intrigues of the nations by the force of their prayers. You keep the 

sceptre of authority firm because You are the tme and unique Lover of Mankind! 

Kontalfion of the Christmas Fast Tone 3 To be said everyday throughout the Christmas Fast 

Today, the Virgin comes to the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Eternal Word. O 

universe, having heard this news, rejoice, and together with the angels and shepherds glorify Him, Who, 

though He be the Eternal God, has willed to appear as newborn Babe. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 2 O wise saints, you have received grace from on high, and you 

intercede for those in trouble, just as you delivered the little girl from bitter death. Praiseworthy saints, 

you are the glory of Edessa and you are the joy of the whole world! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 16: St. Matthew the Evangelist, Apostle 

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Troparion Tone 3 You rose from the tax gatherer's booth and you followed Christ in all earnestness. He 

made you a blessing for men, a chosen apostle and evangelist for the world. We honor your sacred 

memory for all of this, and we ask you to beg God to forgive us our sins. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You cast off the yoke of gathering taxes, and you put on the yoke of justice. You 

became a brilliant merchant, obtaining a wealth of wisdom from heaven itself. When you preached the 

word of truth, you lifted up depressed spirits. You wrote of the coming hour of judgment. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 17: St. Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop 

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Troparion Tone 8 You were daring in prayer and constant in miracles. You accomplished reforms, O 
Gregory. Pray to Christ our God to give light to our souls, that we might never sleep in death! 
Kontakion Tone 2 You showed the world an array of miracles, and you frightened demons by your signs 
and wonders. You wiped out human afflictions, wise Gregory. You are a real wonderworker, receiving 
this title because of your deeds! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 18: Sts. Plato and Romanus, Martyrs 

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Kontakion Tone 3 Your sacred memory fills the world with joy, and makes us congregate in your 
precious church. Now that we have assembled we will sing with fervor: Deliver your city from pagan 
invasion, O Plato and Romanus! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 19: St. Abdias, Prophet 

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Troparion from For a Prophet 

Kontakion Tone 1 Receiving clarity of mind from divine illumination, the great Abdias sees the future 

through the Holy Spirit. We piously and wisely keep his memory today, and venerate him to find light for 

our hearts! 

Sticfiera from For a Prophet. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 20: The Prefestive of the Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos; St. Gregory of 

Decapolis, Bishop 

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Troparion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Anne promises us joy already, for she raised the child who will 

crush sorrow. Finishing her prayers on this day, she leads her to the house of the Lord with joy. This 

child is to become the temple of God, the Immaculate Mother and the perfect ever-Virgin! 

Troparion of St. Gregory from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Today the whole world is leaping in joy because of the illustrious 

feast of the Theotokos. It sings: You are the gate of heaven! 

Kontakion of St Gregory Tone 3 The Church recognizes you as a brilliant sun which enlightens the 

world with virtue, and with miracles of healing. You pleased Christ and now we praise you, as we 

celebrate your precious memory, O Gregory. 

Stichera 

Through prayer and discipline, O Father Gregory, you cut the thoms of passion. You turned up the 
spiritual ground and cast into it the seeds of piety. In this manner, you reaped fruits of healing for us. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today the Theotokos, the Temple that is to contain God, is being escorted into 
the Temple of the Lord, and Zechariah receives her. Today the Holy of Holies greatly rejoices, and the 
choir of angels mystically celebrates this feast. Let us also celebrate with them today and cry out with 
Gabriel: Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, and He grants us great mercy. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 21 : The Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos 

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Troparion Tone 4 Today is the prelude of the benevolence of God and the herald of the salvation of 

mankind; for the Virgin openly appears in the temple of God and fortells Christ to all. Let us also with full 

voice exclaim to her: Hail, Fulfillment of the Creator's plan. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The most pure Temple of the Savior, the richest Palace, and the Treasury of the 

glory of God today enters into the house of the Lord, bringing grace which is in the Spirit of God. The 

angels of God sing to her: This is the Heavenly Tabennacle. 

Stichera 

O faithful, let us leap for joy today, singing psalms and hymns of praise in honor of Mary, His mother, the 
holy Tabernacle and Ark that contained the Word Whom nothing can contain. She is offered to God as a 



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child in a marvelous way, and Zechariah the high priest receives her with great joy, for she is the 
dwelling place of the Most High. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Lady and Bride of God, you entered the temple of God in your infancy to be 
brought up in the Holy of Holies, for you are holy. The archangel Gabriel was sent to serve you and 
bring you food. All the heavenly powers were amazed at the sight of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. 
Therefore, O most pure and immaculate Theotokos, since you are glorified in heaven and on earth, 
through your prayers save our human race. 

Sessional Hymns 

The child of the righteous Joachim and Anne is offered to God in the holy temple; she sustains our life 
and yet is a young child in the flesh. She receives the blessing of Zechariah the priest. Let all of us in 
faith call her blessed, for she is the Mother of God. 
Glory be.. .now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

November 22: The Postfestive of the Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos; Sts. Philemon 

and His Companions, Apostles 

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Troparion of the Postfestive from the Entrance into ttie Temple. 

Troparion oftfie Saints from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Entrance into the Temple. 

Kontalfion of the Saints Tone 2 We praise these stars who bathe the worid in light; the apostles: 

Philemon, Archippus, Onesimus, Mark, Apollo and Apfius! We cry: Pray without ceasing for ua all! 

Stichera 

O glorious Philemon, as a branch of the Living Vine, you have rained the joy of the knowledge of God 
upon those who have anguish of soul. You made happy the hearts that were ensnared and possessed by 
the darkness of idol worship. Therefore, we rejoice and celebrate your god-loving memory. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today let the heavens above greatly rejoice and let the clouds pour down 
gladness at the mighty and marvelous acts of our God. For, behold, the gate that looks towards the 
East, born from a fruitless and barren womb according to the promise, and conscecrated to God as His 
dwelling, is now being brought into the temple as a spotless offering. Let David greatly rejoice and play 
on his harp, saying: Virgins shall be brought to the King after her; her companions shall be brought into 
the ark of the Lord to be nourished with the life of the Incorruptible One Who was begotten from eternity 
for the salvation of our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 23: The Postfestive of the Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos; Sts. 

Amphilochius and Gregory, Bishops 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Entrance into the Temple. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Hierarchs. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Entrance into the Temple. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 2 You are thunder in the sky! A heavenly trumpet! A hatchet against 

heresy! A laborer in the vineyard! A great teacher of the dogma of the Trinity +, O hierarch. Pray with 

the angels without ceasing for us all, O Amphilochius! 

Stichera 

O all-blessed one, you disciplined your mind and controlled your passions, thereby choosing good rather 
than evil. You used a just measure to make the comparison, O Father. Because of that you were able 
to see and know God, O inspired hierarch. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Come all you people, and let us praise the only-Immaculate One who was 
foretold by the prophets and is being led into the temple. She was chosen from eternity to be the Mother, 



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and in tinne she was revealed as the Theotokos. O Lord, by her prayers grant us Your peace and great 
mercy. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 24: The Postfestive of the Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos; St. Catherine of 

Alexandria, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Entrance into the Temple. 

Troparion of St. Catherine Tone 4 You enlightened the pagan wise men with the light of works. You 

were like a full moon for those who travel at night. You overcame the darkness and converted the 

queen. You stood up to the torturer, O blessed Catherine, chosen by God! You were carried on your 

wishes to the bridal suite of your splendid Groom Christ, in heaven. You were espoused to Him with a 

regal crown, O bride chosen by God! In the company of the angels, pray for us who keep your memory! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Entrance into the Temple. 

Kontakion of St. Catherine Tone 2 Raise up the strains of glory for this martyred woman! Let us all 

venerate that wise woman Catherine. She preached Christ from the pulpit of a furnace, and she stepped 

upon the snake and crushed his head, and silenced the long-winded orators! 

Stichera 

The city of Alexandria is adomed today. O Martyr, it has your burial shroud in the holy church. O 
Catherine, we also devoutly celebrate your precious memory. Pray for all those who venerate you. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Lady and Bride of God, you entered the temple of God in your infancy to be 
brought up in the Holy of Holies, for you are holy. The archangel Gabriel was sent to serve you and 
bring you food. All the heavenly powers were amazed at the sight of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. 
Therefore, O most pure and Immaculate Theotokos, since you are glorified in heaven and on earth, 
through your prayers save our human race. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 25: The Leave-Taking of the Entrance Into the Temple of the Theotokos; St. Clement, 

Pope of Rome, and St. Peter, Hieromartyrs 

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Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Entrance into the Temple. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Entrance into the Temple. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 4 Heavenly and immovable pillars of the Church! Heavenly and strong 

pillars of holiness! O Clement! O Peter! By your prayers save us all! 

Stichera 

O Father and Bishop, you were a branch of the living vine. O wise one, through the Spirit you produced 
beautiful clusters of dogmas. The spirit of the knowledge of God brings salvation. Our hearts rejoice as 
we venerate you. O God-bearing, all-blessed Clement! 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Lady and Bride of God, you entered the temple of God in your infancy to be 
brought up in the Holy of Holies, for you are holy. The archangel Gabriel was sent to serve you and 
bring you food. All the heavenly powers were amazed at the sight of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. 
Therefore, O most pure and Immaculate Theotokos, since you are glorified in heaven and on earth, 
through your prayers save our human race. 

Sessional Hymns from the Entrance into the Temple. 

November 26: St. Aiypius, Monk 



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Troparion Tone 4 You seem a terror unscalable to the devils, crippling them by the club of your 

effective prayers. You chase away passion by fasting, and you are a firm support of those wavering. O 

blessed Father Alypius, beg Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 8 The Church blesses you today as an inspiration to ascetics, and a man of tested 

virtue. She signs to you, Alypius: Deliver those who remember your valiant deeds from overpowering 

sins, by your prayers. For this you have been chosen by God! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 27: St. James the Persian, Martyr 

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Troparion Tone 4 You suffered great torments at the hands of foreigners, but you astonished everyone 

by the heroism of your endurance. Each time a limb of yours was severed from your body, you uttered a 

prayer of thanks to God. For this you were crowned after your ordeal, and you have been admitted to 

the court of heaven. O long-suffering James, beg Him to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Your wife introduced you to the faith, and you learned to respect the judgment of 

God. Because of this you spat on the Persian edict, and you were quickly martyred, O patient James. 

They sawed your body apart like a log! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 28: St. Stephen the Younger, Monk-iVlartyr 

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Troparion Tone 3 At first you were radiant with the light of fasting, but now you are brilliant with your 
martyr's blood! You burnt off the fog of those who spoke heresy, and showed the true glory of the 
orthodox faith. You have been raised up as a heavenly witness to Christ, O holy martyr Stephen! 
Kontakion Tone 8 Come you rejoicing men, let us praise heavenly Stephen! He defended the + Trinity; 
he respected Christ's economy! He upheld the role of the Theotokos, so let us sing to him with love: 
Hail, ever-glorified Father! 

Stichera from For a Monk-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 29: Sts. Paramon and Philemonus, Martyrs 

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Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You washed your soul clean of all impurity by following the divine mandates. This is 

how you endured your martyrdom! You refused to offer sacrifice to any idol, and they pierced you with a 

spear! This is how you followed Christ! O blessed Paramon, pray for us all! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

November 30: St. Andrew the First-Called, Apostle 

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Troparion Tone 4 As the apostle who was called from the start, and as the brother of the apostles' chief, 

pray, Andrew, to the Master of all, to give peace to the world, and mercy to our souls! 



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Kontakion Tone 2 Let us praise the work of the man called by God, the divinely inspired Andrew! He 
followed his brother Peter who led the Church. At one time, he cried to his brothers: Come! We have 
found Him for Whom we have waited! And now he cries that to us. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 
December 1: St. Nahum, Prophet 

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Troparion Tone 8 By the radiance of the vivifying + Trinity, and the enlightenment of the Spirit, you 

warned the idolatrous Ninevites of impending doom. You reaped the reward in martyrdom! Now that 

you stand amid angels before the Light of triple splendor, and have come to possess the full sway of a 

prophet, pray for us who honor your memory! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Your pure heart was filled with light by the Spirit, and you were given the gift of 

prohecy sublime. You stood in ages past and saw what was to come, and we bless you for this, glorious 

and blessed Nahum! 

Stichera from For a Prophet 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 2: St. Habacuc, Prophet 

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Troparion from For a Prophet 

Kontakion Tone 8 You told the world that God would come out of the south, and from a Virgin, O 

divinely inspired Habacuc. Attending to the words of the glittering guardian angel, you proclaimed the 

resurrection of Christ. This is why we sing so joyfully to you: Hail, radiant goodness of the prophets! 

Stichera from For a Prophet 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 3: St. Sophonius, Prophet 

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Troparion from For a Prophet. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You have been set alight by the Holy Spirit, O prophet, and you have trumpeted the 

coming of God, O Sophonius. Leap for joy, daughter of Zion: Jerusalem! I tell you your King comes 

bearing salvation! 

Stichera from For a Prophet 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 4: St. Barbara the Great, Woman-Martyr 

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Troparion Tone 8 Let us honor Saint Barbara! She destroyed traps of the enemy, and escaped from 

them like a bird by the protection of the cross! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Following God Whom we hymn in the + Trinity, you blunted the worship of idols, O 

martyr. You endured the pains of torture better than a man, and embraced your martyrdom like a hero, 

O Barbara. You cried out with a strong voice: I adore the + Trinity, the only God! 



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Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 5: St. Sabbas the Sanctified, Monk 

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Troparion Tone 8 You irrigated the desert with your tears, and you bore fruit a hundred-fold from you 
heart. You were a light to the world, radiating miracles! Beg Christ to save our souls. Father Sabbas! 
Kontakion Tone 8 You presented yourself as an immaculate offering to God from your childhood 
through your virtues. You labored well in the field of holiness, O Sabbas. You are an inspiration to 
monks and a true ascetic. This is why we sing to you: Hail, most blessed Sabbas! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 6: St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra, Bishop 

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Troparion Tone 4 The sincerity of your deeds has revealed you to your people as a teacher of 

moderation, a model of faith, and an example of virtue. Therefore, you attained greatness through 

humility, and wealth through poverty. O Father and Archbishop Nicholas, ask Christ our God to save our 

souls. 

Kontakion Tone 3 You were truly a priestly worker in Myra, O Holy Nicholas, for zealously living the 

Gospel of Christ, you dedicated your life to your people; you saved the innocent from death. Therefore, 

you have been sanctified as one who has entered the mystery of God's grace. 

Stichera 

O holy Nicholas, Bishop of Christ, you lived your life with the people of Myra. But, since your spirit was 
anointed, your fragrance of sanctity was know by all. Now you anoint the faithful who show their love for 
you. O Father, deliver us from all distress and sorrow as you pray to the Lord for us. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .We have gathered to celebrate and to praise with song the model of bishops 
and a glory to the fathers, a fountain of miracles and a great helper of believers. Let us sing to the 
saintly Nicholas: Rejoice, O Protector of Myra who was revered as its leader and strongest pillar. 
Rejoice, O Radiant Star whose light of miracles shines throughout the worid. Rejoice, O Divine Joy of 
those in son^ow. Rejoice, O Defender of those who are oppressed, for even now, all-holy Nicholas, you 
still pray to God for us who celebrate your feast with faith and who honor you with zeal and joy. 

Sessional Hymns 

O Bishop and Father Nicholas, while alive in Myra, you manifested yourself as a learned man anointed 
with spiritual myrrh. You made the worid fragrant with the myrrti of your miracles. You continue to pour 
out your myrrh, both through the fragrance of your words and through our continual remembrance of you. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .You shine on earth by the rays of your miracles, O wise Nicholas. You call all 
nations on earth to glorify and praise Him Who glorified you. Therefore, O chosen among the fathers, 
implore Him to deliver from all anguish those who faithfully and lovingly venerate your memory. 

December 7: St. Ambrose of Milan, Bishop 

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Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Bright with accurate faith, you snuffed out Arius, O Ambrose, shepherd and priest of 

the Mysteries! You openly worked wonders by the Spirit's power, and you worked cures in public! O 

venerable Father, beg Christ to save our souls! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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December 8: The Conception of St. Anne of the Immaculate Theotokos 

In Eparchies, jurisdictions and otiier places where this feast is celebrated on December 9, the feast for 
December 8 is St. Patapius, Monk. Take the propers from December 9. 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, for God has heard the prayers of Anne 

and Joachim. He promised against all hope that they would give birth to a glorified Virgin from whom the 

Indescribable would be bom as a man; the Same Who ordered the angels to sing to her; Hail, O Woman 

Full of Grace, the Lord is with you. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Today the universe rejoices, for Anne conceived in a manner caused by God, and 

because the one born to her will give birth to the Word. 

Stichera 

The barren Anne leaped for joy when she gave birth to Mary the Virgin who, in turn, will give birth in the 
flesh to God the Word. Overflowing with happiness, she cried out: Rejoice with me, all tribes of Israel, 
for I have conceived and put aside my burden of childlessness as the Creator has deigned. He heard my 
prayer and healed the pains of my yearning heart. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today the mystery which has been announced from eternity, whose depth 
angels and human beings cannot measure, appears in the arms of Anne. Mary, the maiden of God is 
prepared to be the dwelling of the King of the ages Who will renew our human nature. Let us entreat her 
with a pure heart and say: Since you are the intercessor for all Christians, implore your Son and God to 
save our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

By order of God the Creator, Mary the new Heaven has been created in the womb of Anne. From her 
shall be born the Unsetting Sun Who illumines the whole world with His divine rays, in His love for our 
human race and in His great mercy. 

Glory be.. .now and ever.. .In times past the company of prophets announced the holy child, the pure and 
spotless Virgin, whom Anne has conceived in her sterile and fruitless womb on this day. With our hearts 
filled with joy, let us who are saved through her, call her blessed and the only-Immaculate One. 

December 9: St. Patapius, Monk 

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Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 3 The people have found your church to be a hospital for their souls! Flocking to it 

with great expectation, they seek cures for the ills of their flesh, and absolution for the sins on their souls! 

O Father Patapius, you are truly our help in need! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 10: Sts. Mennas, Henmogenes and Eugraphus, Martyrs 

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Troparion Tone 8 By controlling their urges they choked lustful thoughts and calmed swells of passion. 

They received the grace to heal the sick from ills, and to work wonders in both life and death. It is a truly 

wonderful thing that bones can work miracles! Glory to the only God and Creator! 

Kontakion Tone 1 Let us praise Mennas, Hermogenes and Eugraphus together with sacred melodies 

and beautiful chant, for they honored God and shed their blood for Him, and now they have been 

admitted to the choir of heaven, showering us with miracles. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 



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Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

The Sunday between December 11 - 17: The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, the Patriarchs 

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Troparion Tone 2 Through faith, O Christ, You justified the Patriarchs, for through them You made a 

commitment to a church with gentiles. These Saints are glorified because from them descends the 

Virgin who gave Your birth. Through their prayers, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. 

Kontakion Tone 6 You did not worship a man-made image, O thrice-blessed Youths, but were glorified 

in the test of fire, protected by a power beyond description. From the searing flames you cried out to 

God, saying: Hasten to help us, O Merciful Lord, for in Your greatness you can do whatever you will. 

Stichera 

Today we commemorate the ancestors of Christ. Sing with fervor a hymn of praise to Christ the Savior 
Who exalted them among all nations. He is the Lord Who does wondrous deeds because He is powerful 
and mighty. From them He brought forth a royal scepter, the Immaculate maiden of God and Virgin 
Mary. From her, Christ our God came forth to give life and eternal salvation for all. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O believers, let us give praise today to all the Fathers who lived before the 
Law: Abraham who was beloved by God; Isaac who was born according to the promise; Jacob and the 
twelve Patriarchs, the very meek David and the favored prophet Daniel. Let us also glorify with them the 
three youths who changed the fiery furnace into a place of refreshing dew. Let us beg forgiveness of our 
sins from Christ our God Who is glorified in His saints. 

Sessional Hymns from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

December 11: St. Daniel the Stylite, Monk 

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Troparion Tone 1 You are a pillar of endurance like the patriarchs, O Father. You are like Job in your 

sufferings. You are like Joseph in your trials. You are like an angel taken flesh. O Father Daniel, beg 

Christ to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 8 You ascended your pillar like a star in the sky, and you gave the light of good works 

to the world. You dispersed the darkness of lies, O Father, and thus we have recourse to you now. 

Make the ever-shining Light of understanding dawn in our hearts, O blessed saint! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 12: St. Spiridion the Wonderworker, Bishop 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 You showed yourself a defender of the first Council and a worker of miracles. You 

summoned the woman back from the grave, and turned the snake into gold. Angels came to minister 

beside you, priestly Father, when you offered your ardent prayers. Glory to Him Who strengthened you! 

Glory to Him Who chose you! Glory to Him Who heals us through you! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You were wounded with love for Christ, and turned your mind to the light of the 

Spirit. You plumbed the depths in acute vision, and you became a heavenly altar, O favorite of God. 

You seek illumination for us all! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 13: St. Lucy, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 



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Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 14: Sts. Thyrsus, Leucius, Philemon, Appollonius, Arianus and Callinicus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You showed the violence of the enemy in public, after you spat upon that barbarian 

torturer. You upheld the holiness of the faith, finding your strength in the help of Christ. O Thyrsus and 

all you martyrs, pray for us! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 15: St. Eleutherius, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr. 

Kontakion Tone 2 As an inspiration to priests, venerable Father, and as one who reenacted the 

Passion, we come with petitions and praise to you. O hieromartyr Eleutherius, deliver us from trouble of 

any kind. As we come with love to keep your memory, pray without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 16: St. Aggeus, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Prophet. 

Kontakion Tone 3 With your mind enlightened with the Spirit's fire, you proclaimed the hidden things of 

God, O prophet. You revealed what was to come, pointing to a great mystery. O blessed Aggeus, beg 

Christ our God to have mercy on us. 

Stichera from For a Prophet 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 17: Sts. Daniel, Prophet, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Confessors 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 Great are the deeds performed with faith: three youths rejoiced in the flaming 

furnace as if they stood in refreshing waters, and Daniel the Prophet faced lions as though they were 

sheep. Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Your heart was set aflame by the Spirit, and you became a wellspring of prophecy. 

You stood in ages past and saw clearly into the coming! You calmed the lion in the pit of your prison. 

For all of this, we praise you, blessed prophet Daniel. 

Stichera from For a Confessor{s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

The Sunday between December 18 - 24: The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers before Christmas 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 Great are the deeds perfonned with faith: three youths rejoiced in the flaming 
furnace as if they stood in refreshing waters, and Daniel the Prophet faced lions as though they were 
sheep. Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls. 



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Kontakion Tone 6 You did not worship a man-made image, O thrice-blessed Youths, but were glorified 
in the test of fire, protected by a power beyond description. From the searing flames you cried out to 
God, saying: Hasten to help us, O Merciful Lord, for in Your greatness you can do whatever you will. 

Stichera 

The commemoration of the Holy Fathers is manifested to the ends of the world. It is truly full of spendor, 
and it glistens with rays of grace; for Christ the splendrous Sun has shone forth on high from afar. He 
forms the assembly of stars which glisten with Him, and the star reveals that the nativity of the God-man 
will be in Bethlehem. Therefore, we piously and faithfully clap our hands and leap for joy at this nativity, 
and we give praise before the feast. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Daniel was a beloved man. He saw You, O Lord, as the Rock which was hewn 
without the use of a hand, he foretold that You, the Incamate Word, the Unchangeable God, and Savior 
of our souls, would be bom without seed as a Child of the Virgin. 

Sessional Hymns from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

December 18: Sts. Sebastian and His Companion, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 By the shedding of your blood you were robed in martyrdom, being arrayed in a robe 

of precious purple, O Sebastian! You took up your abode with Christ in His kingdom on high, and with 

those who suffered by your side you received the crown of glory. O wise Seabastian, as you sing with 

them, remember us! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 19: St. Boniface, Hieromartyr 

Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 20: The Prefestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; St. Ignatius the God-Bearer, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive from November IS. 

Troparion of St. Ignatius Tone 4 You sat on the chair of the apostles and exercised their powers. You 

are the inspiration of prelates and the glory of martyrs. You faced savage beasts, fire and sword all for 

the sake of the faith. You made the course of truth straight, even at the price of your own blood. O 

hieromartyr Ignatius, beg Christ our God to save our souls. 

Kontakion of the Prefestive from November 15. 

Kontakion of St. Ignatius Tone 3 The happy holy day of the coming feast, heralds Him Who was born 

in a cave to everyone. You hungered for the happiness of being with Him, and you submitted yourself to 

wild beasts. For this you are called the God-Bearer, O wise Ignatius! 

Stichera 

O faithful, let us celebrate beforehand the nativity of Christ; let us raise up our minds to Bethlehem, and 
we shall be raised up in spirit. We shall meditate upon the Virgin who is on the way to the cave to give 
birth to the Lord of all, and our God. Joseph saw the magnitude of Christ's miracles, for He lowered 
himself to be revealed as a man and to be wrapped in swaddling clothes as an infant. Joseph 
understood from the events that Jesus was the true God who grants great mercy to our souls. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O God-Bearing Ignatius, having embraced your beloved Christ, you received 
the recompense of your priestly work in the service of the Gospel of Christ, and your life was sealed with 



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your blood. In this you were the wheat of the divine Gardener. You were ground by the teeth of beasts 
and became the bread agreeable to the Lord. O blessed Martyr, implore Him in our behalf. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 21 : The Prefestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; St. Juliana of Nicomedia, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive from November IS. 

Troparion of St. Juliana from For a Woman-Martyr 

Kontakion of the Prefestive from November 15. 

Kontakion of St Juliana Tone 3 Being thoroughly purified by perfect virginity, you have put on the 

crown of martyrdom, O Juliana. You heal those sick and needful, and bring salvation to those who 

approach your relics. Christ gives us divine grace and eternal life through you. 

Stichera 

O all-praiseworthy Juliana, you clothed yourself with the crimson robe of salvation. Illumined by the 
Spirit, you betrothed yourself to the Lord, the immortal King. He preserved you immaculate, uncorrupted 
forever in the heavenly bridal chambers, adomed in beauty as an incorruptible virgin. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Zion, be happy; rejoice, O Jerusalem, the city of Christ our God; welcome 
the Creator who rests in a manger in a cave. Open your gates, Jerusalem, and I will enter so that I may 
see Him Who holds all creation in His hand, even though He lies in a manger wrapped in swaddling 
clothes. The angels ever praise this life-giving Lord Who is the only Savior of all. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 22: The Prefestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; St. Anastasia the Great, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive from November 15. 

Troparion of St Anastasia Tone 4 How well named are you for the triumph of resurrection! By 

enduring pain you gained the victory of your Spouse, Christ, Whom you love so deariy. Beg Him to save 

our souls! 

Kontakion of the Prefestive from November 15. 

Kontakion of St. Anastasia Tone 2 Those in trouble and affliction come to your church, and there they 

receive rich gifts: the divine favors which are entrusted to you Anastasia, and which you are always 

showering on the worid. 

Stichera 

All creation beholds the descent of God and rejoices. The Magi bring gifts; heaven speaks by means of 
a star, and the angels give glory, while the shepherds sing with awe. The manger supports Him as 
though it were a fiery throne. Rejoice, O Mother who sees all these wonders. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O praiseworthy Anastasia, you suffered martyrdom at the hands of the tribunal 
and received the gift of resurrection. You destroyed and delivered over to the sea a multitude of 
demons. O Martyr and sufferer of the passion, you are worthy of admiration. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 23: The Prefestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; The Ten Holy Martyrs of Crete 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive from November IS. 

Troparion of the Holy Martyrs Tone 3 We honor Crete for producing such flowers as these! They are 

martyrs who grew up together; pearis for Christ! They are only ten men, but they shamed a nation of 

idols. For this you have received crowns of glory. 



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Kontakion of the Prefestive from November IS. 

Kontakion of the Holy Martyrs Tone 4 The dawn has come upon the passions of these martyrs, and it 

is a type and a herald of Him Who is being born in a cave; Who is being bom from a Virgin, and without 

seed. 

Stic he ra 

Let us sing out the prefestive hymns of the birth of Christ because He is equal in honor to the Father + 
and to the Spirit. Out of compassion He clothed Himself in our flesh, and He is to be born in Bethlehem. 
His nativity is beyond expression. O shepherds and angels, hasten to Him. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Behold, the feast of the martyrs is the forerunner of the nativity of Christ. It 
announces the Sun from the sun, God in the flesh from the Virgin. The ten martyrs suffered 
courageously to the end, and they received crowns of victory in heaven. Let us cry out to them: O 
chosen holy choir and holy martyrs, implore Christ in behalf of all the faithful who keep your precious 
memory. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

December 24: The Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord; Sts. Eugenia, Protus and Hyacinth, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Tropahon of the Vigil Tone 4 At that time Mary registered with the venerable Joseph in Bethlehem 

since she was of the house of David. She was with Child, having conceived without seed. When the 

time for her delivery drew near, they could find no room in the inn, but the cave seemed a joyful palace 

for the Queen. Christ is bom to renew the likeness that had been lost of old. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 8 In you, O venerable Mother Eugenia, the faithful Image of God shone 

forth, for you carried your cross and followed Christ. You taught by your deeds how to spurn the body, 

for it passes away, and how to value the soul, for it is immortal. Therefore, your soul is forever in 

happiness with the angels. 

Kontakion of the Prefestive from November 15. 

Stichera 

O praiseworthy Eugenia, putting aside the attractions of the world, through good deeds you manifested 
the nobility of your soul. O invincible martyr, O tower of virginity, O noble flower of nature, through a 
holy life you preserved grace undisturtjed. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Behold, the time of salvation is drawing near. O Cave, prepare yourself, for 
the Virgin is coming to give birth. O Bethlehem, O land of Judah, adorn yourself and be happy since the 
Lord will shine forth from you. O mountains and hills and lands around Judah, hearken, for Christ is 
coming that He may save His creation because He is the Lover of Mankind. 

Sessional Hymns 

The saying of the prophets are now fulfilled; for our God shall be born tomorrow of the Virgin Mary in a 
manner beyond our understanding, yet He shall remain as he was before His birth. The Magi come 
together bearing gifts, the shepherds abide in the fields, and we also sing: O Lord born of a Virgin, glory 
to You! 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

For the Sixth Hour, take the following Troparia and Kontakion: 

Troparia Tone 4 Glory be... At that time Mary registered with the venerable Joseph in Bethlehem since 

she was of the house of David. She was with Child, having conceived without seed. When the time for 

her delivery drew near, they could find no room in the inn, but the cave seemed a joyful palace for the 

Queen. Christ is born to renew the likeness that had been lost of old. 

Now and ever.. .Our sins have robbed us of all courage and assurance. Entreat your Son for us, O Virgin 

Theotokos, for the Master's tender heart will always heed a mother's plea. Do not despise our prayers 

because of our sinfulness, O purest lady, for as it pleased your Son to suffer for us, so is he strong 

enough to pity us and save us. 



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Kontakion from November 15. 

December 25: The Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Your birth, O Christ our God, has shed upon the world the light of knowledge; for 

through it, those who worshiped the star have learned fronn a star to worship You, the Sun of Justice, and 

to recognize You as the Orient From On High. Glory be to You, O Lord! 

Kontakion Tone 3 Today, the Virgin gives birth to Perfect Essence and the earth offers a cave to the 

Inaccessible. The angels sing His glory with the shepherds; the wise men journey with the star, for there 

is born for us an Infant Child, God Eternal. 

Stichera 

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord; let us proclaim the present mystery by which the partition has been 
broken and the flaming sword withheld. Now the Cherubim shall let us all come to the Tree of Life. As 
for me, I am returning to the bliss of Paradise from which I had been banished by disobedience. Behold! 
The Image of the Father and His unchangeable eternity has taken the form of a servant. Without 
suffering He has come forth to us from an all-pure Virgin, and yet He has remained unchanged. He is 
true God as He was before, and He has taken on Himself what He had not been, becoming man out of 
His love for all. Therefore, let us raise our voices in hymns, singing: O God, born of the Virgin, have 
mercy on us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .When Augustus became supreme ruler of the world, the many kingdoms 
among the people came to an end. Likewise, when You became incarnate of the Immaculate One, the 
worship of many gods had to cease. The cities came under a universal power, and the Gentiles believed 
in one supreme Divinity. Nations were registered in the name of Casear Augustus, and we, the faithful, 
were registered in Your divine name, O Incarnate One. O Lord, great is Your mercy; glory to You! 

If the Great Compline is celebrated publically, do not recite the Office of Compline. 

Sessional Hymns 

For our sake, O long-suffering Savior, You were placed in the animal's manger, and You willingly lived 
as an infant. The shepherds and angels extolled You, saying: Glory and Praise to Christ our God, Who 
is born on earth and deifies the human race. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

The Sunday after Christmas: The Postfestive of the Nativity of Our Lord: St. Joseph, Foster- 
Father of Our Lord and Spouse of the Theotoltos; St. David and St. James 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Joseph, and Sis. David and James Tone 2 O Joseph, announce to David, ancestor 

of Christ, the good news of these wonders you have seen: a Virgin giving birth to a Child. With the 

shepherds you have glorified Him; with the wise men you have worshiped Him; and an Angel appeared 

to you. Ask Christ to save our souls. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St Joseph, and Sts. David and James Tone 3 Today, David, beloved of God is filled 

with joy; Joseph and James offer hymns of praise; their joy is the crown of relationship with Christ. They 

sing praise to Him Who was wondrously born, and they cry out: O Merciful Lord, save those who honor 

You! 

Stichera 

In his advanced years, Joseph cleariy saw the prophecies fulfilled. It was tnjiy a strange betrothal, and 
he received a revelation from the angels who cried out: Glory to God Who sent down peace upon the 
wo rid. 



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Glory be. ..now and ever. .We are commemorating the noble David and James: the king and prophet, 
the apostle and first bishop; because by their teachings we have been delivered from error. Let us sing 
the praises of Christ Who came forth from the Virgin and became incamate to save our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

December 26: The Postfestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; The Synaxis of the 

Theotokos 

Troparia 

Troparion of ttie Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion Tone 6 Before the dawn of time, He was begotten of the Father and without a mother. Now 

on earth He becomes man without a father, being virgin-born from you, O Mother of God. Therefore, a 

star announces the good news to Wise Men, while the Angels and Shepherds sing the glory of your 

giving birth, O Woman Full of Grace. 

Stichera 

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord; let us proclaim the present mystery by which the partition has been 
broken and the flaming sword withheld. Now the Cherubim shall let us all come to the Tree of Life. As 
for me, I am retuming to the bliss of Paradise from which I had been banished by disobedience. Behold! 
The Image of the Father and His unchangeable eternity has taken the form of a servant. Without 
suffering He has come forth to us from an all-pure Virgin, and yet He has remained unchanged. He is 
true God as He was before, and He has taken on Himself what He had not been, becoming man out of 
His love for all. Therefore, let us raise our voices in hymns, singing: O God, born of the Virgin, have 
mercy on us. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth. Today, Behlehem receives 
the One Who at all times sits with the Father. Today the angels sing the praises of the newborn Infant. 
Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace and good will to all men. 

Sessional Hymns from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

December 27: T^e Postfestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; St. Stephen, Protomartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St Stephen Tone 4 O First-Martyr and Apostle of Christ, you fought the good fight. You 

exposed the perversion of the persecutors; for when you were killed by stoning at the hands of wicked 

men you received a crown from the Right Hand on High, while you cried out to God, saying: O Lord, do 

not charge this sin against them. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Stephen Tone 3 Yesterday the Master came to us as a man and today His servant 

departs from life. Yesterday the King was bom as a man and today His servant is stoned to death. For 

the sake of Christ, holy Stephen became the first martyr 

Stichera 

Having been enlightened by the grace of the Spirit, O Stephen, in appearance you seemed to be an 
angel. Your body was bright with inner splendor, and you revealed a radiance of soul to the onlookers. 
Because of that, you also had a vision of the Light; heaven was most gloriously opened up for you, O 
first of the great martyrs. 

Glory be. ..now and ever. .A great and glorious miracle was wrought today: the Virgin gives birth without 
corrupting her virginity; the Word is made flesh without separation from the Father; the angels and 
shepherds give praise, and we exclaim with them: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth. 

Sessional Hymns either from the Nativity of Our Lord, or from the weekday. 



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December 28: The Postfestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; The Twenty-Thousand Martyrs of 

Nicomedia 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of the Martyrs Tone 2 O victorious Martyrs of the Lord, blessed is the earth that received 

your blood, and holy are the heavenly places that opened to your souls. You have vanquished the 

enemy in battle and proclaimed Christ with courage. We beg you to intercede with Him, the all-good 

One, that He may save our souls. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive frorr) the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of the Martyrs Tone 2 The twenty-thousand saints stood firm in their faith, and endured 

martyrdom in a blaze. They cry to Him Who was bom of the Virgin: Accept our offering as you did those 

of the Persian kings: gold, frankincense and myrrh, O God eternal. 

Stichera 

You were made firm and solidly strengthened and formed with the power of Jesus Christ. Being weak by 
nature, you revealed yourselves to be invincible, O Martyrs. In the struggle, you vanquished the enemy, 
and you pray for those who observe your holy and light-bearing memory, O great and glorious martyrs. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .May all the earth rejoice and may heaven be happy; for today there is truly one 
fold for angels and people. O wonder! The invisible One is seen; He Who is uncontainable is contained. 
The Word takes on flesh, and the Son of God becomes the Son of Man. The all-pure Virgin is seen as 
the Theotokos, and being a mother, she is still found to be a virgin after giving birth. The Word of the 
Father becomes incarnate, and He is found lying in a crib. The shepherds proclaim and partake of the 
mystery. Magi from the East offer gifts, after having been guided by a star. They worship Him Who was 
born, the Savior. With them, let us feast-lovers warmly open up our hearts and offer good deeds to Him 
Who comes to save the whole race from error. Let us offer deeds of faith, hope and love as though they 
were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Angelic voices now sing to Him: Glory to God in the highest, on 
earth peace and good will to all men. 

Sessional Hyrrins either from the Nativity of Our Lord, or from the weekday. 

December 29: The Postfestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; The Holy innocents, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Troparion of the Holy Innocents Tone 1 We beseech You, O Lord and Lover of Mankind, and implore 

You through all the sufferings Your saints endured for You, heal all our pain and suffering. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of the Holy Innocents Tone 6 Persia's wise men came with gifts to the King born in 

Bethlehem, following heaven's star. Herod is taken by bitter sorrow and murders the holy Infants, for he 

sees his power coming to an end. 

Stichera 

The wicked seeker of the hidden Treasure today slew the innocent children. Rachel could not be 
comforted when she saw the unjust slayings and the untimely death. She then cried out bitteriy: They 
are happy, for they are in the bosom of Abraham. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Seeing the star which was brighter than all creation, the wicked Herod was 
enraged and seized the new-born infants from the arms of their mothers. Elizabeth took John away, and 
in prayer she said to the mountain: Receive a mother with her child, in answer, the mountain sheltered 
the Forerunner. The crib protected the Treasure, Whom the star proclaimed and the Magi worshiped. O 
Lord, glory to You! 

Sessional Hymns either from the Nativity of Our Lord, or from the weekday. 



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December 30: The Postfestive of the Nativity of Our Lord; St. Anysia, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Anysia Tone 4 O Jesus, Your lamb Anysia cries out to You with great love: O my 

Bridegroom, I long for You in great pain. I am crucified with You, and in baptism, I am buried with You. I 

suffer for Your sake in order to reign with You. I die for You in order to live in You. Accept me as an 

immaculate victim, since I am immolated for Your love. Through her intercession, O Merciful One, save 

our souls. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Anysia Tone 3 Today, this martyr smashes the demons by consistant faith, and grinds 

to bits the enemy of holiness by martyrdom. The angels bring her crowns and gifts. O God on High and 

Savior of the World, save us for her sake. 

Stichera 

O all-praiseworthy one, Anysia, you were illumined by the splendor of virginity. You have made the 
struggles glorious because you refused to worship the sun. You were unjustly slain and crimsoned with 
blood. O crown-bearer, you are standing in the presence of the Sun of Glory. From there you are 
illumined with your crown, and you shine with splendor from above. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today in Bethlehem I hear from the angels: Glory to God in the highest; glory 
to Him Whose good pleasure it was that there be peace on earth. The Virgin is now more spacious than 
the heavens. Light has shone upon those in darkness and has exalted the lowly who sing like the angels: 
Glory to God in the highest. 

Sessional Hymns either from the Nativity of Our Lord, or from the weekday. 

December 31: The Leave-Taking of the Nativity of Our Lord; St. Melanie, Nun 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Melanie Tone 8 You loved the purity of virginity and supplicated your Beloved with 

gracious words. You spent your fortunes for the monks and nuns, and you even built them monasteries, 

O blessed Melanie. Now that you have retired to a heavenly monastery, do not forget us. 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Melanie Tone 4 You fulfilled the divine mandate and gave to the poor. Joining your 

husband in taking up the cross, you followed the crucified Christ so faithfully! 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Nativity of Our Lord. 

January 

January 1 : The Circumcision of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ; St. Basil 

the Great 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Circumcision Tone 1 O Jesus, enthroned on high together with Your eternal Father + 

and Divine Spirit, You condescended to be bom on earth of a maiden and Virgin Mother. And on the 

eighth day You were circumcised. Praise be Your most noble decision; praise be Your plan of salvation; 

praise be Your condescension, O Lord; You alone love mankind. 

Troparion of St. Basil Tone 1 Your voice resounds throughout the world which has accepted the 

lessons so well taught by you. You have given explanation of divine truths. You have clarified the 

nature of created things. You have made a rule of life for men. By your royal priesthood, O venerable 

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Kontakion of the Circumcision Tone 3 The Lord of All endures circumcision and His goodness purifies 
the sins of men and grants salvation to the world today. Therefore, Basil the priest and torchbearer of 
the Creator, the divine mystic of Christ, rejoices on high. 

Kontakion of St. Basil Tone 4 O venerable and heavenly inspired Basil, you were a firm foundation of 
the Church by giving to all a lasting treasure and impressing them with your teachings. 

Stichera 

In His love for mankind, the Savior condescended and willed to be wrapped in swaddling clothes. Eight 
days old according to His mother and etemal according to His Father, He did not look down upon the 
circumcision of the flesh. Therefore, O believers, let us cry out to Him: You are our God; have mercy on 
us! 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O venerable Father, you became a lover of wisdom, preferring life with God to 
all possessions of the world. Your contemplation of death made you forsake the wealth of the earth, and 
by your perseverance in fastings, you overcame the sting of passions. By study of the divine law you 
preserved the freedom within your soul. By your generous practice of virtue you subjected the passions 
of the flesh to the spirit. You renounced the flesh, the world, and the princes of the earth; now you stand 
in the presence of Christ. Intercede with Him for great mercy upon our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

Let us extol Basil as the royal adornment of the Church, the rich treasury of teachings. Through them he 
taught us to honor the holy + Trinity, united in essence and distinct in persons. 

Glory be.. .now and ever.. .The Creator of all and the Lord of the universe. Who is with the Father and the 
+ Spirit on high, is circumcised on earth as an eight day old infant. Your works, O Lord, are truly divine 
and wonderful. O Master, You were circumcised for our sake that the law might be fulfilled. 

The Sunday before the Theophany of Our Lord 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Make ready, O Zebulon, and prepare yourself, O Nephtali; O River Jordan, stop and 

receive with joy the Master coming to be baptized. O Adam rejoice with the first mother, Eve, and do not 

hide yourselves as before in paradise. For, having seen you unclothed, Christ has appeared to clothe 

you with the first robe: He has appeared to renew all creation. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Today the Lord stood in Jordan's current telling John: Do not be afraid to baptize 

Me, for I have come to save Adam, the first man. 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Sunday Resurrectional Tone. 

January 2: The Prefestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; St. Sylvester, Pope of Rome, 

Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive from the Sunday before the Theophany. 

Troparion of St. Sylvester from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion of the Prefestive from the Sunday before the Theophany. 

Kontakion of St. Sylvester Tone 4 You are numbered among the priests of our King and God, and you 

were a companion to the ascetics. Now you rejoice in the company of angels, Father, and you have 

inherited the joy of heaven, Sylvester. O glorious shepherd, save those who keep your memory. 

Stichera 

O holy Father Sylvester, bearer of God, you revealed yourself to be a pillar of fire. You convoked a 
sacred council and were the cloud which gives shade. You led the faithful away from the Egyptian 
heresy and always brought them to the divine land by your true teaching. Therefore, we venerate your 
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Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Christ the Truth is coming to the Jordan to be baptized by John, and the 
Baptizer says to Him: I should be baptized by You, but You are coming to me. I do not dare to put straw 
to the fire. O Master, sanctify me by Your divine Theophany. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 3: The Prefestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; St. Malachi, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive from the Sunday before the Theophany. 

Troparlon of St Malachi Tone 2 O divinely inspired Malachi, you announced the coming of Christ, and 

you spoke of His dominance over the Law. How clearly you informed us: The Lord is surely coming; 

seek Him in the temple with joy. Beg Him now to save our souls. 

Kontakion of the Prefestive from the Sunday before the Theophany. 

Kontakion of St Malachi Tone 4 By the gift of deep prophecy, you announced the coming of Christ, by 

Whose light the world has been illumined, and you assured the worid of salvation. 

Stichera 

Seeing that the words of your tongue are now fully realized, 1 admire their truth and bless you, O 
Prophet. You are truly to be admired; for you enlightened the world by your splendrous voice, 
announcing beforehand the redemptive coming of the Lord. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .How glorious is the marvel! He Who baptizes by fire and the Spirit is coming 
to the Jordan, neither as God alone nor mere man, but in two natures; the one, the same, and the only- 
begotten Son. In His humanity He seeks baptism from a mortal, and in His divinity He takes away the 
sin of the world and grants great mercy to all men. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 4: The Prefestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; The Seventy Disciples 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive from the Sunday before the Theophany. 

Troparion of the Disciples from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion of the Prefestive from the Sunday before the Theophany. 

Kontakion of the Disciples from For Several Apostles. 

Stichera 

O faithful, let us bless with sacred hymns: Cleophas, Andronicus, Silvanus, and Agabus; Ananias and 
Philip; Prochorus, Nichanor, Rufus, and Sostenes; Linus, and then Stachius, Stephen, and Timon; 
Hermas, Phlegontus, and Mark, together with Luke, Sosipater, Jason and Gaius, and Tychicus and 
Philemon. May Narcissus and Trophimus be worthily venerated, together with Caesar, Zenus, and 
Aristarchus; Mark, Silus, and Gaius; Hermas and Asyncritus, Apollo, and Cephas; Clement and Justus; 
Quartus, Erastur, and Luke; Onesiphorus, Carpus, and Evodius; Matthias and James; Urgan and 
Aristobulus; Tychicus and Aristarchus. Let us venerate the honorable preachers of God: Pudens, 
Herodionus, and Artemis; Philologus, Olympus, and Rhodion; Apellus and Amplius; Patrobus and Mark; 
Tertius and Thaddeus; the wonderful Epenetus, Achaicus, and Aquila; Lucius, Barnabas, and Fortunatus; 
and the glorious Apollo and Crispus. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Resplendent is the feast which has passed; but more glorious is the present 
day. On that day the Magi adored the Savior; on this, the glorious servant baptizes the Master. There, 
the shepherds sang in amazement; here, the voice of the Father proclaims Him to be the only-begotten 
Son. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

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Troparia 

Troparion of the Vigil Tone 4 After Elijah had gone up to heaven, Elisha threw his mantle in the Jordan 

River which parted, opening a way, a dry path between two walls of water, where he could pass, a true 

symbol of our baptism by which we pass through this fleeting life. Christ has been seen at the Jordan 

River to sanctify the waters. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion of the Vigil Tone 2 O most compassionate Christ, who absolves our sins in the depth of 

Your mercy. You came to be baptized with the water of the Jordan. You robed me in splendor, replacing 

my ancient garment of evil. 

Kontalfion of the Saints Tone 1 Theopemptus and the strong Theonas have become means of 

holiness to those on earth. How well they endured the agony imposed by the torturer! They rejoice in 

the Lord, and sing out: We adore Him Who buried the sins of man in the flowing waters of the Jordan. 

Stichera 

Let us exalt the wise Theonas and Theopemptus; for they obeyed the teachings of Christ. They 
splendidly rejected every shameful worship. With brightness and honor they joyfully served the One God 
and Lord. They courageously professed Him in the presence of the torturers, and for this they have 
received crowns from on high. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O River Jordan, prepare yourself, and see Christ our God approaching to be 
baptized by John in order to shatter the heads of the monsters in the sea, through the power of His 
divinity. Rejoice, O wildemess of Jordan, and all you mountains, dance with delight. For the Giver of 
Life has come to call back Adam. O voice that cries out in the wildemess, O John the Forerunner, cry 
out: Make ready the way of the Lord, and clear Him a straight path. 

Sessional Hymns 

Rejoice, O River Jordan, for the Creator of all draws near, and in His great goodness He desires to be 
baptized in your waters at the hands of a servant. O Adam, be filled with gladness; and Eve, the mother 
of the human race, sing with joy, for our Redeemer has appeared. He is the God Who is rich in mercy. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The Master, the River of Joy, draws near to be baptized in the streams of the 
river, desiring to let me drink from the fount of immortality. And when John saw Him, he cried out: How 
shall I put forth my hand to touch your head, for You are the One before Whom all creation trembles? 

During the Sixth Hour, tal<e the following Troparia and Kontakion: 

Troparia Tone 4 Glory be.. .After Elijah had gone up to heaven, Elisha threw his mantle in the Jordan 

River which parted, opening a way, a dry path between two walls of water, where he could pass, a true 

symbol of our baptism by which we pass through this fleeting life. Christ has been seen at the Jordan 

River to sanctify the waters. 

Now and ever.. .Our sins have robbed us of all courage and assurance. Entreat your Son for us, O Virgin 

Theotokos, for the Master's tender heart will always heed a mother's plea. Do not despise our prayers 

because of our sinfulness, O purest Lady, for as it pleased your Son to suffer for us, so is He strong 

enough to pity us and save us. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O most compassionate Christ, who absolves our sins in the depth of Your mercy. 

You came to be baptized with the water of the Jordan. You robed me in splendor, replacing my ancient 

garment of evil. 

January 6: The Theophany of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

If attending the Vesperal Divine Liturgy on the evening of January 5, do not recite the Offices of Vespers 
or Compline. 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, worship of the + Trinity was revealed, for the 

Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His beloved Son, and the Spirit in the form of a dove 



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confirmed the truth of these words. O Christ God, Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory be to 

You! 

Kontakion Tone 4 You have revealed Yourself to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has shined 

upon us. We recognize You and exclaim to You: You have come and revealed Yourself, O Inaccessible 

Light. 

Stichera 

When the Forerunner saw the One Who is our enlightenment, the One Who has brought light to all, 
coming to be baptized, his heart rejoiced and his hand trembled. He pointed Him out to the people and 
said: This is the Savior of Israel Who delivered us from corruption. O Christ our God, O Sinless One, 
glory to You! 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .You have bowed Your head before the Forerunner, and You have crushed the 
heads of the demons. You have descended into the waters and have given light to all things that they 
may glorify You, O Savior, the Enlightenment of our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

O Christ our Savior, You appeared in the Jordan and were baptized by the Forerunner, and the Spirit 
testified that You are the beloved Son. The Holy Spirit descended upon You and manifested that You 
are coeternal with the + Father. Having been enlightened by You, we cry out: Glory to the One God in 
the Holy + Trinity! 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Christ our God, You sanctified the water of the Jordan, and You destroyed 
the power of sin. You submitted to be baptized at the hand of the Forerunner, thus delivering the human 
race from evil. Therefore, we beseech you: O Christ our God, grant salvation to the world. 

The Sunday after Theophany 

Troparia, Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

January 7: The Postfestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; The Synaxis of St. John the 

Forerunner 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. John Tone 2 The remembrance of the just is worthy of praise, but the Lord's testimony 

is sufficient for you, O Forerunner; for it has shown that you are indeed more worthy of honor than the 

prophets. You were found worthy to baptize the Lord Whom you foretold. Thereafter, you suffered for 

the truth and, rejoicing, also announced the good news to those in the Abyss that God had appeared as 

man, taking away the sins of the worid, and granting to all of us the abundance of mercy. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. John Tone 6 The Jordan was awed by Your advent in the flesh, and turned back in 

terror. John completed his course in prophecy by minstry and withdrew in awe. When they saw You 

baptized in the flesh in the Jordan waters, the angelic legions were amazed. Those who were in 

darkness have seen the light, and they sing to You Who have come to enlighten everyone! 

Stichera 

When the Forerunner saw the One Who is our enlightenment, the One Who has brought light to all, 
coming to be baptized, his heart rejoiced and his hand trembled. He pointed Him out to the people and 
said: This is the Savior of Israel Who delivered us from corruption. O Christ our God, O Sinless One, 
glory to You! 

Glory be.. .now and ever...O luminary in the flesh and Forerunner of the Savior, O offspring of the barren 
one, O friend, by leaping in the womb, you adored the One Who is born of the Virgin, and you baptized 
Him in the waters of the Jordan. O prophet, we pray to you: Implore Him that we may escape the future 
torments. 

Sessional Hymns from either from the Theophany of Our Lord or from the weekday. 



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January 8: The Postfestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; Sts. George and Emilian, Monk- 
Martyrs 

Troparia 

Tropahon of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 4 Come, people, and piously honor the memory of George. Sing praises 

for his wonderful fasting, and praise Emilian for his teachings. Let us sing out; Save our souls, O Christ, 

through the intercession of these holy monks. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 4 You have become a very brilliant source of light, O George, 

enlightening all those who come to you in faith. Intercede with Christ our God on our behalf. Who 

appeared in the flowing waters and enlightened us all! 

Stichera 

The defensive wall of your soul was not shaken by the attacks of your thoughts, O blessed one, because 
you set up your rule of fasting as a rampart. You preserved yourself completely unharmed by the wicked 
enemy. And now you are in the presence of the Master of all and are crowned with victory. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The One Who clothes the heavens with clouds today is clothed in the waters of 
the Jordan, and He Who takes away the sin of the world, today is cleansed that I may be washed clean. 
The only-begotten Son of the almighty Father receives the witness of the + consubstantial Spirit from on 
high. Therefore, let us sing out to Him: O Christ God Who has revealed Yourself and saved us, glory to 
You! 

Sessional Hymns from either from the Theophany of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

January 9: The Postfestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; St. Polyeuctus, Martyr 



Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Polyeuctus from For a Martyr. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Polyeuctus Tone 4 When the Savior bowed His head in the Jordan, the heads of the 

serpents were crushed. When Polyeuctus was beheaded, he put the devil to shame. 

Stichera 

In Your humanity You presented Yourself to John in the Jordan, O Lord, although You did not leave Your 
heavenly throne. You were seated with the Father, yet You were baptized for us. Since You are 
generous and the Lover of Mankind, You have freed the world from slavery to the enemy. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today the angelic hosts dance with joy in memory of the martyr Polyeuctus, 
and the human race faithfully celebrates and joyfully cries out: Rejoice, all-praiseworthy one! You 
overcame the snares of the deceitful one and you were crowned by Christ with the crown of victory. 
Rejoice, warrior of the great King and our Savior; you destroyed the altars of idols. Rejoice, O strength 
of martyrs! Pray that we may be delivered from every danger, for in faith we observe your ever-precious 
memory. 

Sessional Hymns from either from the Theophany of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

January 10: The Postfestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; St. Gregory of Nyssa , Bishop 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Gregory from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 



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Kontakion of St Gregory Tone 3 That heavenly hierarch of the Church, that precious mystic orator of 
Wisdom, that vigilant mind, Gregory of Nyssa, sings praises along with the angels, and finds delight in 
the Light divine. He prays without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera 

O venerable Father Gregory, you are filled with holiness, O reed filled with the breath of the Comforter, 
O clearest tongue of piety and many-splendored luminary of the divine Splendor; O preacher of truth and 
foundation of theology, fountain of sublime doctrine and rich teachings, you are a flute inspired by God. 
You delighted the thoughts of the faithful with your inspired hymns. O all-wise one, implore Christ and 
pray to Him to save our race, for He renewed the world in the streams of the Jordan. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Upon touching Your immaculate head, the hand of the Baptist trembled. The 
streams of the Jordan turned back, feeling unworthy to serve You. How could the one who stood in awe 
of Joshua, the son of Nun, be unafraid to stand before the Creator of Joshua? You have completed all 
that was assigned to You, O Savior, so that You might redeem the world by your Theophany, for You 
alone love mankind. 

Sessional Hymns from either from the Theophany of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

January 11: The Postfestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; St. Theodosius, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St Theodosius Tone 8 Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, and your 

sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; you became a shining torch over the world. O 

venerable Father Theodosius, pray to Christ our God that He may save our souls. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Ttieophany of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St Theodosius Tone 8 Taken root in the house of the Lord, you bloomed virtues of solid 

worth. You begot many children of the desert; you quenched their thirst by the river of your tears. You 

are God's herdsman for the spiritual sheepfold, and so we sing: Hail, Father Theodosius! 

Stichera 

O venerable Father, God-bearing Theodosius, you struggled valiantly in your earthly life. With hymns, 
fastings and vigils, you were a model for your disciples. Now you rejoice with the angelic powers. 
Without ceasing, you glorify Christ, Who is God of God, and the Word, the Deliverer Who bowed His 
head to the Forerunner and Who sanctified the nature of water. Implore Him and pray to Him, O 
venerable one, that He grant to the Church oneness of thought, peace, and His great mercy. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .You have bowed Your head before the Forerunner, and You have crushed the 
heads of the demons. You have descended into the waters and have given light to all things that they 
may glorify You, O Savior, the Enlightenment of our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from either from the Theophany of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

January 12: The Postfestive of Theophany; St. Tatiana, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Tfteophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St Tatiana from For a Woman-Martyr 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St Tatiana Tone 4 You glimmered in glory stained in your own blood, and like some 

beautiful bird you soared to heaven. O martyr Tatiana, pray for those who honor you! 

Stichera 

When you begin to glow richly with the light of the Spirit, you left riches behind and loved only that which 
was heavenly. You clothed yourself with the strength of a martyr, and you endured pain beyond 



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measure. Thus, you took away the power of the torturer, and you wove a crown of victory. O Martyr and 
most glorious sufferer of the passion. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Seeing You, the Creator, naked in the waters and asking for baptism, every 
creature on earth was seized with fear and wonder. A!) were spell-bound by the trembling of the 
Forerunner; he did not dare to approach You. Seeing You, the sea fled, and the streams of the Jordan 
turned back; the mountains leaped, and the angelic powers were astonished and said: O wonder! The 
Savior is naked and desires to clothe humanity with renewal and salvation. 

Sessional Hymns from either from the Theophany of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

January 1 3: The Postfestive of the Theophany of Our Lord; Sts. Hermylas and Stratonicus, 

Martyrs 

Troparja 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Kontaldon of the Saints Tone 1 You both met a blessed end in water, and drowned the devil by the 

grace of God, O martyrs. You have received crowns of triumph for this, and have been admitted to 

angelic choirs. Remember us in heaven! 

Stichera 

The glorious Hermylas and the God-wise Stratonicus were a wondrous pair who professed the uncreated 
+ Trinity. After many wounds and sufferings, they conquered the error of worshiping many gods. They 
have been crowned with the crown of victory and they pray for peace and great mercy for the whole 
world. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Desiring to fulfill all that was ordained for You from eternity, O Lord, You 
received ministers from all creation at this mystery of Yours: Gabriel from among the angels; the Virgin 
from among the human race; the star from among the heavens, and Jordan from among the waters, and 
in it You have cleansed the sins of the world. O our Savior, glory to You! 

Sessional Hymns from either from the Theophany of Our Lord or from the weel<day. 

January 14: The Leave-Taking of the Theophany of Our Lord; The Fathers of Sinai and Raitha, 

Monk-Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taldng from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Monk-Martyrs. 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 2 You fled the fury of the world and found for yourselves a calm haven. 

You were crowned with martyrs' blood, and by the yoke of fasting. For this you have been admitted into 

the company of martyrs and monks! 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Theophany of Our Lord. 

January 15: Sts. Paul and John, Monks 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Monks. 

Kontakion of St. Paul Tone 3 Now that we have assembled, let us sing the praises of the unwaning 

light from the divine Sun. O Father Paul, you shine on those who are in the darkness of ignorance. O 

beauty of Thesebes: you lead us all to heaven. You are the immovable foundation of the fathers, and of 

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Kontakion of St John Tone 2 Having loved that poverty which no one can take, you turned down your 
parents' wealth, O John. Taking the Gospel of Christ in your hands, you followed Christ. Now pray for us 
without end! 

Stichera from For Several Monks. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 16: The Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Without leaving Rome you come to us with your chains. We venerate them in our 

faith, O prime Apostle, and we pray to you: Obtain mercy for us from God by your prayers! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Let us praise the great Peter, the heavenly disciple of truth, the first and greatest of 

the apostles. Let us kiss his chains with faith, and have our sins forgiven! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 17: St. Anthony the Great, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You imitated Elias the zealous in your actions, and followed the Forerunner on the 

way of justice. You took up your abode in the desert. Father Anthony, and you strengthened the whole 

world by your prayers. Therefore, beg Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You fled from the aimless surges of life, and ended your life in silence. In every way 

you imitated the Forerunner, Father, and so we honor you along with him, O Anthony, O prince of 

monks! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 18: Sts. Anthanasius and Cyril of Alexandria, Archhierarchs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 Glimmering with orthodox works, you quenched every heretical dogma. You were 

conquerors in victory, and enriched everyone by holiness. You adorned the Church with regal glory, and 

you justly found Christ Who shows us mercy. 

Kontakion Tone 4 O great and exalted princes and priests of holiness, O brave defenders of Christ's 

Church! Preserve those who cry out to you: Save those who venerate you in faith, O bountiful ones! 

Stichera from For Several Hierarchs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 19: St. Macarius of Egypt, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 You are an angel in the flesh and an inhabitant of the desert. You work wonders, O 

God-Bearing Father Macarius. By fasts, vigil and prayer you have obtained heavenly gifts. You heal the 

sick and the souls of those who faithfully seek you. Glory to Him Who gave you power! Glory to Him 

Who befriended you! Glory to Him Who heals all through you! 

Kontakion Tone 1 You ended your life among those who imitate martyrdom, and you have inherited the 

land of the meek, O Father. You filled the desert with people like a city, and God gave to you the grace 

to work wonders. And so we come to venerate you, O Macarius. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 



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Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 20: St. Euthymius the Great, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Rejoice, you barren desert! Do not be ashamed, but celebrate, for your spouse has 

increased the number of your children to relieve the yearning of the spirit. They have been begotten in 

holiness, and raised for the perfection of virtue. Through his prayers give peace to our lives, O Christ 

God! 

Kontakion Tone 8 Creation takes joy in your birth and memory. It is delighted with the abundance of 

your miracles. Enrich our souls from your treasures, O Father, and wash our defilements away, so that 

we can sing: Alleluia! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 21: St. Maximus, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Confe5Sor(s). 

Kontakion Tone 8 Let us sing hymns of praise to honor him who defended the + Trinity so zealously! 

From the most Orthodox Faith the great Maximus taught us to glorify Christ in two natures, each having 

its own will and its own operation. We sing for this: Hail, preacher of orthodoxy! 

Stichera from For a Confessorfs). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 22: St. Timothy, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Having heard the good news, and being truly temperate, you have been clothed with 

the priesthood in integrity. You found deep knowledge in the chosen vessel and you kept the faith over a 

smooth course. O apostle, Timothy, beg Christ to save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 1 Let us praise Paul's companion and disciple, Timothy. Let us venerate him along 

with Anastasius, who shined out of Persia like a star, who disperses the passions of our soul, and the ills 

of our flesh. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 23: St. Clement, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You have been pointed out as a vine of reverence, a stem of martyrdom, a priestly 

bloom, a divine fruit and a perpetual blossom! As a companion to martyrs and a colleague of heriarchs, 

beg Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 4 You have come as a blossom from the vine that is Christ. O patient, enduring and 

praiseworthy Clement, join the martyrs in this prayer to Christ; You are the glittering ecstasy of martyrs, 

O Christ! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 24: St. Xenia the Roman, Nun 



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Troparja 

Troparion from For a Nun. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Commemorating your unique character, and venerating you with love, we sing to 

Christ who has given you the power of healing. Pray without ceasing to Him for us all! 

Stichera from For a Nun. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 25: St. Gregory the Theologian, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 The shepherd's flute of your theology drowned out the trumpets of the long-winded. 

And as you plumbed deeper the spirit, your powers of oratory were enhanced. Father Gregory, beg 

Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 3 Smashing the fabrications of the long-winded by your tongue, you decked the Church 

in a robe of heavenly orthodoxy. Vested in it, she joins us in her children and calls: Hail, Theologian of 

singular splendor! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 26: Sts. Xenephon and Mary, Confessors 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Confessor(s). 

Kontakion Tone 4 You did battle armed with the Master's precepts, after you, your wife and your 

children gave your wealth humbly to the poor. For this you have inherited the delights of heaven. 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 27: The Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Holy Church sings praise! The world rejoices! How joyful is the transfer of your 

sacred relics, O venerable pastor, John Chrysostom. You lived among pastors in holiness, and you 

became a martyr in your yeaming. We therefore sing to you: martyr and companion of pastors, beg 

Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 1 Our beloved Church is gladdened by the transfer of your precious relics. She 

treasures them like valuable gold and she dispenses the grace of health to those who praise you, John 

Chrysostom, by the weight of your prayers. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 28: St. Ephraem the Syrian, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You irrigated the desert with your tears, and you bore fruit a hundred-fold from your 
heart. You were a light to the world, radiating miracles! Beg Christ to save our souls. Father Ephraem! 
Kontakion Tone 8 Ever conscious of the hour of judgment, you shed tears of bitter lament, Ephraem. 
You actively embraced the life of silence, which you loved so dearty. By your actions, you have taught 
us. You have spurred the slothful to repentance! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 



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Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 29: The Translation of the Relics of St. Ignatius, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Having offered yourself as a sanctified gift to God, you were thrown to the ravenous 

animals. You received the crown of victory from God for this, so save those who honor you as a pastor 

for Christ: a teacher counted among the martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Rising in the east today, and enlightenting all the world by your teachings, you were 

graced with martyrdom, O heavenly Ignatius. 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

January 30: The Three Holy Hierarchs: Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the 

Theologian and John Chrysostom 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O Teachers of the universe, equal to the Apostles, pray to the Lord of All to grant 

peace to the world and abundant mercy to our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O Lord, You have received Your priestly and divinely inspired preachers, the crown 

of Your teachers, into the enjoyment of Your goodness and repose. You accepted their labors and death 

above any other sacrifice, for only You can glorify Your saints. 

Stichera 

Let us glorify the three great preachers of the + Trinity, the instruments of grace and harps of the Spirit, 
renowned trumpets of divine preaching who thundered awesome wonders which were revealed from on 
high. John, Basil and Gregory made known the glory of God to the ends of the earth. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let us extol today those mystical trumpets of the Spirit, the God-mantled 
Fathers, who, speaking of divine things, sang a unifying hymn in the midst of the Church: teaching that 
the + Trinity is One, not differing in substance or Godhead; refuting Arius and contending for orthodoxy, 
and who always intercede with the Lord to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

Let all uf us extol Basil as the royal adomment of the Church, and the rich treasury of teachings. 
Through them he taught us to honor the + Holy Trinity, united in essence and distinct in persons. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Most radiant light-bearers of the Church of Christ, you enlightened the worid 
with your teachings, O God-inspired Fathers. You defeated the heresies of the evil-minded and 
extinguished the fiery threats of the blasphemers. Therefore, as saintly bishops of Christ, pray for us that 
we may be saved. 

January 31: Sts. Cyrus and John, Wonderworkers 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 5 The grace of the + Trinity settled in a really pure heart, most blessed Cyrus and John. 
You have become a marvelous exorcism of impure spirits. You were doctors over hidden and apparent 
illnesses. Now that you have achieved status before God, heal our spiritual maladies by your constant 
prayers. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Receiving the gift of miracles from divine grace, you work all sorts of wonders, O 
holy ones. By your invisible labors you uproot all our passions, for you are heavenly doctors, O God- 
Wise Cyrus, O glorious John! 

Stichera from For Charitable and Wonder-Workers. 

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February 

February 1 : The Prefestive of the Enounter of Our Lord; St. Tryphon, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive Tone 1 The hosts of angels look down from the balconies of heaven to 

behold upon earth the Firstfruits of all creation carried into the Temple: a suckling Babe in the arms of a 

Mother all-pure. Together with us, they joyfully sing a hymn in preparation of the feast. 

Troparion of St Tryphon from For a Martyr. 

Kontaliion of the Prefestive Tone 6 He Who is the invisible Word of the Father has become visible in 

the flesh. He Who was bom in a mysterious manner from a Virgin is laid in the arms of a blessed old 

man. Let us bow to Him, our true God! 

Kontaldon of St Tryphon from For a Martyr 

Stichera 

The precious Temple is preparing to receive the Lord. He is coming as a child, and through grace He 
manifests Himself to the faithful and God-pleasing assembly. For that reason, we cry out: You are the 
glory, the praise, and the adomment of my fulfillment, Word. You have been a child in the flesh for 
my sake. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O all-blessed Tryphon, you scorned the things of this earth; you courageously 
hastened to the trial. O Martyr, you skillfully overcame the proud one by the blood of the batte. You 
boldly suffered the passion; now unceasingly implore Christ our God to save our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 2: The Encounter of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ with Simeon 

in the Temple 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 Hail, Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. From you has shown forth the Sun of 

Justice, Christ our God, shining upon those who are in darkness. Rejoice, also, you just Elder, Simeon; 

for you received in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, Who has given us resurrection. 

Kontaldon Tone 1 Christ our God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb, and blessed, 

as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. Today, You have come to bring us deliverance. Give peace to 

nations at war, and strengthen our civil authorities; for You alone love mankind. 

Stichera 

O Simeon, tell us Whom you are joyfully carrying into the Temple. To Whom are you saying: Now You 
may dismiss you servant, O Lord, because my eyes have seen my Savior. He is the child born of the 
Virgin. He is the Word and God of God. O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and saved the world, 
to You we bow in worship. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today the gates of heaven swing open, for the Word of the Father Who has no 
beginning has received beginning in time without any loss to His divinity. As a child of forty days He is 
offered by a virgin Mother in the Temple according to the Law. The Elder Simeon receives Him in his 
arms and cries out: Dismiss me, O Master, for my eyes have seen Your salvation; O Lord, Who came 
into the worid to save us, glory to You! 

Sessional Hymns 

Let the heavenly hosts marvel at this mystery, and let those on earth praise in song as we behold the 
ineffable condescension of God. He is now embraced in aged arms, the One before Whom the powers 
of heaven tremble, the One Who alone loves all men. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

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Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 4 The elderly Simeon is filled with happiness today, receiving the eternal 

God as an Infant into his arms. He begs to be released from the bonds of the flesh, for he cries: My 

eyes have seen Your salvation for the world! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Kontaldon of the Saints Tone 4 The elderly man prayed to be released from the bonds of this passing 

life. He received the Creator and Lord of all into his arms; he then found release and departed to life 

everlasting. 

Stichera 

The God-inspired Anna and the wealthy Simeon shone with prophecy. They manifested themselves as 
spotless in the Law. They saw the Giver of the Law revealing Himself as an infant according to our 
nature. Therefore, let us joyfully celebrate today and glorify Christ, the Lover of Mankind. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .He Who is ancient of days and young in the flesh is being brought to the 
Temple by His virgin Mother. He fulfills the promise of His own law. Simeon receives Him and says: 
Now You may dismiss Your servant, acccording to Your word, in peace, for my eyes have seen Your 
salvation, O Lord. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Encounter of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

February 4: The Postfestive of the Enounter of Our Lord; St. Isidore, Monit 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Isidore from For a Monl<. 

Kontaldon of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Isidore Tone 4 The Church has found you to be a second morning star, finding light in 

your words, most glorious saint. She sings to you: Hail, blessed and wise Isidore! 

Stichera 

Through your vision and deeds you raised yourself up to God; thus your life was made complete, O all- 
wise Isidore. You centered your attention upon loving and longing for eternal things; inwardly you 
yearned for God. Now you have been made worthy of a blessed death, and you are radiant with light. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today Simeon takes in his arms the Lord of Glory, the One Whom Moses 
formerly saw in the darkness when he received the tablets of the Law on Mount Sinai. This is He Who 
speaks through the prophets; He is the Creator of the Law. This is He Whom David announced; He is 
awesome to all, yet He has great and abundant mercy. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Encounter of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

February 5: The Postfestive of the Encounter; St. Agatha, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St Agatha from For a Woman-Martyr 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Agatha Tone 4 Let the Church be robed today in a beautiful purple robe, dyed in the 

blood of the holy martyr Agatha. Let her sing: Hail, glory of Catania! 

Stichera 

O Agatha, betrothed to God, through the beauties of virginity you preserved your body incorrupt for 
Christ the Bridegroom. You were illumined by the brilliance of martyrdom and have now settled in the 



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divine bridal cahmber. Therefore, we celebrate your universal feast, and we glorify the Savior Who 
glorifies you. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .He Who rides on the Cherubim and is praised by the Seraphim is now being 
brought into the holy Temple according to the Law. He is sitting in the arms of an old man as though 
upon a throne. From Joseph He receives God-pleasing gifts, a pair of turtle doves, and from the newly- 
chosen people of the Gentiles, an undefiled Church. The two doves indicate that he is the head both of 
the Old and New Testaments. As for Simeon, when he saw what had been revealed come to pass, he 
received the child and blessed the virgin Theotokos, pointing out to her the sufferings that she would 
bear. He asked the Lord to be released from life, saying: Now You may dismiss me, O Lord, as You 
have promised; for my eyes have seen You, the etemal Light, the Lord and Savior of all Christian 
people. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Encounter of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

February 6: The Postfestive of the Encounter of Our Lord; St. Bukolus, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Bukolus from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Bukolus Tone 4 Radiant with the light of the priesthood, you illumined the people, O 

pastor. You destroyed the darkness of idolatry, and you dispersed the clouds of passions by cures. You 

went before the unsetting Light, and now we ask you to pray for us who honor you, O Bukolus so 

blessed I 

Stichera 

Your glistened with the light of sanctifying virtues, O priestly one. You mystically placed the light on the 
lampstand of the divine Church. You illuminate it by your sacred teachings, O Father Bukolus. 
Glory be.. .now and ever.. .Search the Scriptures as Christ our God said in the Gospels; for in them we 
find Him Who was bom and wrapped in swaddling clothes, the One laid in a manger and fed upon milk. 
Who received circumcision and was carried by Simeon. Not in fancy nor in imagination, but in very truth 
has He appeared to the worid. let us cry out to Him: Glory to You, O pre-etemal God! 

Sessional Hymns from either the Encounter of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

February 7: The Postfestive of the Encounter of Our Lord; St. Parthenius, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St Parthenius from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St Parthenius Tone 3 O God-Wise Parthenius, you received the grace of miracles, and 

by casting out evil spirits you free the faithful from sordid passions, O God-Bearing wonderworker. For 

this we sing of you as a great mystic of God's grace! 

Stichera 

O great Parthenius, your name is a synonym of virginity, you are the luminary of Lampsacus and the 
bright morning star of miraculous works. Through your memory you invite all of us to observe the 
spiritual feast of those who sing hymns to Christ the Savior. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Christ our God, this day You have been pleased to rest in the arms of the 
Elder, as You sit upon the throne of the Cherubim. Deliver us, who sing your praises, from the force of 
passions, and grant salvation to our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Encounter of Our Lord or from the weekday. 



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February 8: The Postfestive of the Encounter of Our Lord; St. Theodore the Great, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Theodore Tone 4 O Theodore the triumphant, you became a brilliant general in the 

armies of the King of heaven. You fought courageously with the weapons of faith and put the legions of 

demons to flight. Therefore, we praise you with fervor at all times. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St Theodore Tone 2 Clothed with soulful courage in your faith, you spoke of God with 

the persuasion of a spear. You vanquished the foe, O Theodore, greatest of martyrs! Join them all and 

pray without ceasing to Christ for us. 

Stichera 

You showed yourself to be an invincible warrior and a courageous martyr, O wise one. You routed the 
foe by your wise words and the patient manifestation of your deeds. Therefore, you received crowns of 
victory, and now you are numbered with the heavenly ranks, O great-martyr Theodore. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .He Who rides on the Cherubim and is praised by the Seraphim is now being 
brought into the holy Temple according to the Law. He is sitting in the arms of an old man as though 
upon a throne. From Joseph He receives God-pleasing gifts, a pair of turtle doves, and from the newly- 
chosen people of the Gentiles, an undefiled Church. The two doves indicate that he is the head both of 
the Old and New Testaments. As for Simeon, when he saw what had been revealed come to pass, he 
received the child and blessed the virgin Theotokos, pointing out to her the sufferings that she would 
bear. He asked the Lord to be released from life, saying: Now You may dismiss me, O Lord, as You 
have promised; for my eyes have seen You, the eternal Light, the Lord and Savior of all Christian 
people. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Encounter of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

February 9: The Leave-Taking of the Encounter of Our Lord; St. Nicephorus, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Troparion of St. Nicephorus from For a Martyr 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

Kontakion of St. Nicephorus Tone 1 You were wrapped in ties of love, Nicephorus, and you undid the 

evils of hatred. Your head was severed from your body with a sword, and you became a heavenly 

martyr for the Incarnate Savior. Pray to Him for those who sing of you! 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Encounter of Our Lord. 

February 10: St. Charalampias, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 8 You were delighted with the grace of the priesthood, and you decorated the Church 

with your sufferings. You accepted them with joy for Christ, glorious and dear Charalampias, and now 

you enlighten the worid as a true victor! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 11: St. Blaise of Sebastia, Hieromartyr 

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Kontakion Tone 2 O plant from the vine of Christ! O vibrant bloom and heavenly blossom! Fill those 
who pay homage to your memory with happiness, O God-Bearing Blaise. Pray without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 12: St. Meletius of Antioch, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 6 The Macedonian apostate flees before your courage, and we hasten to you in this 

service of prayers and love. O Meletius who speaks with angels, O fiery sword which slays the atheists, 

we sing of you as the light of us all. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 13: St. Martinian, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You quenched the fires of temptation by the river of your tears, blessed Martinian. 

You calmed the tumult of the seas and shut the craving mouths of beasts. You cried out: You are most 

glorious, O Pantocrator! You have saved me from fire and storms! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Let us honor Martinian as a spiritual athlete, and a martyr by his ardent longing. He 

lived in the desert and killed the snake! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 14: The Falling-Asleep of St. Cyril, Equal to the Apostles and Teacher of the Slavs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Since you were a baby you made wisdom your sister, and you took her as a bride like 

a radiant virgin. You adorned your mind and soul with it like gold; you became a second Cyril, O voice 

of God. You are a prodigy by name, and a blessed philosopher! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Enlightening the worid by your divinely inspired teachings, you have extended your 

sway like lightning over the worid. You saw the brilliant Word of God everywhere you go, sparking the 

worid with miracles: north; south; east, and west, O blessed Cyril! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 15: St. Onesimus, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You came upon the worid like a radiant glow, and you shine with the rays of the sun, 

blessed saint. You follow the illumined worid of blessed Paul, and for this we honor you, glorious 

Onesimus. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 16: Sts. Pamphilius, Valentine, Paul, Seleucus, Porphyrus, Julian and Theodulus, 

Martyrs 



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Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You made an offering of your excmciating pains, and rejoiced in the Lord throughout 

it ail. You discussed the affair boldly, making no pretence, unconcerned with the fate of the body. You 

have inherited heaven's glory for this, so pray for us who keep your feast. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 17: St. Theodore of Tyre, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 What marvels of faith! The holy martyr Theodore rejoiced amid the flames, just as if 

he were splashing in cool water. He was a holocaust in the fire; he was offered like sweetbreads to the + 

Trinity. Save our souls through his prayers, O Christ our God! 

Kontakion Tone 8 Believing in Christ, with all your might, you struck a mighty blow to the enemy. You 

received an eternal crown of glory, long-suffering and victorious Theodore! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 18: St. Leo the Great, Pope of Rome 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Confessor 

Kontakion Tone 3 You sat upon the chair of the priesthood, glorious saint, and shut the mouths of those 

preaching lions by your divinely inspired teachings on the + Trinity. You were brilliant before your flock 

with your understanding, and for this you have been exalted as a mystic of God's grace. 

Stichera from For a Confessor 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 19: St. Archippus, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The Church has received you as a brilliant star who radiates the beams of miracles 

upon her. She sings to you: Save those who remember you with faith. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 20: St. Leo of Catania, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 8 The Church sees you as a brilliant light in the heavens, more radiant by far than the 

sun. Preserve her unconquered and indestructible from heresy, and keep her ever spotless, O blessed 

saint, for we cling to your memory at all times. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 21: St. Timothy, Monk 



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Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Rising in the east like a radiant star, you illumine the hearts of the faithful by your 

miracles. O vessel of miracles; O most blessed Timothy. 

Kontakion from For a Monk. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 22: The Finding of the Relics of the Martyrs of Eugenia 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 O mighty pillars of faith! O martyrs fighting for truth! You endured a host of pains 

for the sake of Christ, and you lay hidden for so long. Now you have been uncovered like a hidden 

treasure, and you are carried into the church on the hands of the bishop. You are generous with your 

followers, so pray for our souls! 

Stictiera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 23: St. Polycarp, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 1 You were made an effective bishop by God through the labor of your lips. The world 

still rejoices in the light of your words, and we praise the Lord as we celebrate your memory. 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 24: The First and Second Findings of the Head of St. John the Forerunner 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 The Forerunner's head has dawned from the earth, and beams with the brilliance of 

miracles. Angels assemble together in heaven above, and the human race raises its chorus here on 

earth; everyone blessed Christ our God in harmony! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Prophet of God and precursor of grace! Having discovered your head from the 

earth like a fragrant wild rose we are gifted by you with healing. Still you preach your message of 

penance to the worid! 

Stichera from For St John the Forerunner 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 25: St. Tharasius of Constantinople, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Having blessed the Church with orthodox dogma, and having taught us all to 

venerate Christ's icon, you frustrated the vicious designs of the iconoclasts. This is why we sing to you: 

Hail, O wise Father Tharasius! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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February 26: St. Sebastian, Martyr 

Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 27: St. Procopius, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You irrigated the desert with your tears, and you bore fruit a hundred-fold from your 
heart. You were a light to the world, radiating miracles! Beg Christ to save our souls, Father Procopius! 
Kontakion Tone 4 Today the Church finds another day-star, which disperses the fog of evil's glory. She 
venerates you, heavenly mystic; most glorious Procopius! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 28: St. Basil, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 A desert dweller! An angel in the flesh! You have been given to us as a 

wonderworker. Receiving heavenly gifts through fasting, God-Bearing Father Basil, you heal the sicl^ by 

prayer and fasting, and those who come afflicted to you. Glory to Him Who gave you this power! Glory 

to Him Who crowned you! Glory to Him Who heals us through you! 

Kontakion from For a Monk. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

February 29: St. Cassian, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Being a pious man, you relied on God. Illumined with good teachings, you let us 

share the light. We venerate you, and we aks you to implore Christ for us! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 

March 1: St. Eudoxia, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You bound your soul to love of Christ by purity of heart, and you spumed perishable 

things as a disciple of the Word. You brought your senses under control by fasting, and then you 

shamed the enemy by ednuring martyrdom. Christ gave you a double crown for this glorious Eudoxia, so 

beg Him to save our souls, o venerable martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You fought a good fight by your suffering, and you sanctify us after your death by 

miracles. We come with joy to your heavenly church to celebrate. We beg you to deliver us from 

spiritual afflictions, and to grace us with your miracles, O venerable Eudoxia. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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March 2: St. Theodotus, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr. 

Kontakion Tone 3 You dried up the sea of flase belief, and smashed the guile of the vicious idolatry by 

the faith of orthodoxy. Having become a heavenly holocaust, you feed the whole world on miracles. O 

sancityfing Father theodotus, beg Christ our God to have mercy on us! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 3: Sts. Eutropius, Cleonicus and Basiliscus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontaldon Tone 1 This trinity of martyrs confessed the + Holy Trinity before many nations. Undergoing 

their suffering martyrdom, they have been presented to the angels. Today we are honoring them, 

celebrating their sacred and salvific memory. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 4: St. Gerasimus, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Living a life angelic in fasting, powerful in prayer; a life unwavering in trials and 

unceasing in vigil, temperate in all things; you astonished the angels and vanquished the legions of 

devils, Father Gerasimus. You gladden the hearts of the faithful, O blessed saint. The beasts were 

obedient to you for all of this. Since you have achieved a place of honor before the Lord, pray for the 

salvation of our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Inflamed with exalted ideal, you preferred Joridan severity to woridy delights. Until 

the day you died the wild animals listened to you, and they died of sorrow upon your grave, O Father. 

Certainly they praised you before God. Pray to Him, O Father Gerasimus, for us. Do not forget us! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



March 5: St. Conon, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Let us praise Conon as a hard worker and a great martyr with our hymns. He is a 
blessed sufferer who received authority over devils. So let us cry to him: Beg Christ to save our souls! 
Kontakion Tone 3 Having lived an angelic life on earth in your purity, you were admitted to their 
company in heaven. You brought your parents to a knowledge of Christ, and shed your blood to profess 
the one God in the + Trinity. Pray without ceasing for us all, O martyr Conon. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March G: The Forty-Two Martyrs of Ammorius 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 We bring corwns of glory to these newly appeared stars, who manifest their faitha by 

suffering for Christ. As real pillars and proclaimers of Christ's reign, they pray to Him in behalf of us all. 



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Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 7: Sts. Basil, Ephrem, Capito, Eugene, Everius and their Companions, Hieromartyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Kontation Tone 2 The day of splendor of those brilliant bishops of Chersonia has come today. We are 

singing for the feast of those shepherds who died for Christ's sheep. O princes of shepherds and 

martyred priests, beg Christ to put us with the sheep on His right hand, so that we may sing to you: Hail, 

priestly fathers who poured out your blood for Christ! 

Stichera from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 8: St. Theophylact of Nicomedia, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 6 You tried to live a hidden life, praiseworthy Father, but Christ made you a lamp upon 

the cnadleabra of thought. He handed you the tablets of spiritual knowledge. Enlighten us by them, holy 

Theophylact! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You became a lamp for the whole worid. Father, and by preaching that the Word had 

the nature common to the Father and the Spirit, you enlightened the Council of heavenly fathers. You 

became a defender of the + Trinity. As you stand before It, pray without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 9: The Forty Martyrs of Sebastia 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 O forty soldiers of Christ, most honorable martyrs! You went through fire and water, 

O mighty waniors, and have come to live with the angels. Join them in praying to Christ for those who 

praise you. GIroy to Him Who strengthened you! Glory to Him Who crowned you! Glory to Him Who 

heals us through you! 

Kontakion Tone 6 You left the crowds of this worid, and joined the Master in heaven, your forty martyrs. 

Passing through fire and water, you reaped glory and honor in heaven, O blessed saints. 

Stichera 

Bravely enduring the present happenings and rejoicing in things hoped for, the holy martyrs said to each 
other: We have not stripped ourselves of a garment, but we have put off the old person. The winter is 
bitter but Paradise is sweet. Although the chill is painful, it becomes sweet enjoyment. Let us not bow 
down, O captains. We suffer a little at present that we may receive the crowns of victory from Christ, 
since He is God and the Savior of our souls. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

Sessional Hymns 

O forty holy Martyrs of Christ, as great stars you illumine the firmament of the Church and enlighten the 

faithful. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Virgin, accept a prayer from us who take refuge under your protection. 

Never cease to intercede with your Son that He may save your servants. 

March 10: Sts. Codratus, Cyprian, Anectus and Criscent, Martyrs 



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Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 By enduring violence you slew the proud foe, as you and your companions felt the 

pains of the sword. We celebrate your memory, holy Codratus, and sing: All you unconquerable 

martyrs, remember us to the Lord! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 11: St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Confessor(s). 

Kontakion Tone 8 You advanced by heavenly fervor, and spread orthodox dogma by your lips. You 

ruled your church well, and you reformed the monks attached to it. You preached cleariy words of 

insturction for us, and so we sing to you, blessed patirarch: Hail, luminous glory of orthodox people! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 12: St. Gregory the Great, Pope of Rome, HIerarch 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You received divine grace from heaven, blessed Gregory, and strenght from His 

divine power. You sought to go the way of the Gospel, and your joumey's end brought you Christ's 

reward. Blessed saint, beg Him to save us! 

Kontakion Tone 4 You became very much like the shepherds of Christ. You led flocks of monks into 

the heavenly sheepfold. There you taught your flock Christ's law, O Father, and now you sing in the 

heavenly shelters, and you are made happy in their company. 

Stichera from For a HIerarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 13: The Translation of the Relics of St. Nicephor, HIerarch 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You reaped your reward from your patience, unceasing in prayer, always loving the 

poor, and constantly comforting the needy. O blessed and merciful Nicephor, pray to Christ to save our 

soulss! 

Kontakion Tone 1 The patriarchal choir chonors your memory with chants and hymns of praise, O 

Nicephor. Transferring your relics, it inherits your spirit. So the Church glorifies Christ the King, the only 

true Lover of Mankind. 

Stichera from For a HIerarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 14: St. Benedict, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 6 YOu were made wealthy by God's grace, and your deeds proved the worth of it. You 

became aperson truly pleasing to Christ, full of the Spirit's gifts from prayer and fasting. You healed the 

sick and banished devils, and you are certainly and vigilant guradian of our souls! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 



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Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 15: Sts. Agapius, Alexander, Timolaus, Alexander, DionisI, Romel and DIonisi, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 These seven martyrs endured much for the + Trinity, and by grace they destroyed 

many scheming devils. By their spirit they have been joined to the holy ones. By their prayers, O Lord, 

be generous to us. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 16: Sts. Sabinus and Papas, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O God-Bearing Sabinus, strong vine of heaven, deified flower and fruitful branch, fill 

those who venerate your memory with joy, and pray without ceasing for us all I 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 17: St. Alexis, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Rich in poverty and clean of heart by virtue, you adorned your life by partaking in the 

Passion. With a clean conscience you took up fasting, and persevered in prayer like an angel. You 

glowed like the sun on the world, most blessed Alexis! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You made your parents' home that of a stranger, and you lived in its shelter as a 

beggar. When you passed this life you were corwned in glory, and your reputation has become 

magnificent on earth. Hail, Alexis, Man of God and joy of angels! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 18: St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 1 You enlightened your people by your words, which came from divine inspiration. 

YOu honored the indivisible nature of the + Trinity, which embraces three Persons. We rejoice thai you 

are an advocate of God, and celebrate your all holy memory! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 19: Sts. Chrysantus and Darias, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 In yoru desire for the pefect Good, you raced after the good you saw. By your 

golden words, Chrysantus, you led the glorious Darias to Christ. She dnured many torments and shamed 

the enemy. Along with her. remember us who keep your memory. 



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Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 20: The Venerable Fathers of the Monastery of St. Sabbas, Martyrs 

TroparJa 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Having truly spumed worldy and passing pleasures, you preferred the desert life, O 

blessed saints. Truly, in turning aside from beauty and comfort, you received heavenly crowns. You 

rejoice in the company of martyrs and asceticws, and we too keep your precious memory as we sing: 

Deliver us, O Fathers, from all affliction! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 21 : St. James of Catania, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Confessor(s). 

Kontakion Tone 4 You abandoned the world and followed Christ by morityfing your body, O blessed 

James. You were given the anointing of the priesthood, and have been admitted to angelic choirs. Pray 

there for us all who bless you! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 22: St. Basil, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr. 

Kontakion Tone 8 You ran the course and you kept the faith, Basil! For this you were crowned with 

glory in martyrdom, and hailed as an unmovable pillar of the Church. YOu confessed the Son to be 

coeternal in the + Trinity to the Father and the Spirit. Now beg the Holy + Trinity to save us all who 

honor you. 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 23: St. Nicon and His Two-Hundred Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 By your holy life you assembled a choir from those who had lived humbly and had 

followed you before the throne of God on high. YOur radiance spans the heavens like the very sun, and 

by the rays of your pains you dispers darkness, and wash out lies by the torrent of your blood. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 24: The Prefestive of the Annunciation; St. Zachary, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Today is the prelude of the joy for the whole world. Let us then 
anticipate the feast and celebrate, for - behold - Gabriel is on his way with the glad tidings for the Virgin. 
He is about to cry out in fear and amazement: Rejoice, o woman full of grace, the Lord is with you! 



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Troparion of St. Zachary from For a Confessor(s). 

Kontakion of the Prefestive Tone 8 You are the start of salvation for all earth-born men, O Virgin 

Theotokos. The prince of heaven's legions has been sent to stand before you with a message of joy. 

We sing the chorus and call to you: Hail, Virgin Mother! 

Kontation of St. Zachary from For a Confessor(s}. 

Stichera 

The archangel Gabriel affirms the mystery which was hidden and unknown to the angels; he now comes 
to you, the most pure and beautiful Dove, the Chosen One of the human race. He cries out ot you: 
Rejoice, O most Holy One, prepare yourself to receive, by my word, the Word of God in your womb. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today Gabriel announces the good news to the woman full of grace: Rejoice, 
O Virgin who has not known wedlock; do not fear the strangeness of my appearance, for I am an 
archangel. Formeriy, the serpent was the cause of grief to Eve, but now it is great joy that I announce: 
You shall remain a virgin, and yet you shall give birth to the Lord. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 25: The Annunciation of the Theotokos of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus 

Christ 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Today is the fountain-head of our salvation and the revelation of an eterani mystery: 

the Son of God becomes a virgin's Son, and Gabriel announces this grace. Therefore, let us exclaim 

with him to the Mother of God: Hail, O Woman Full of Grace, the Lord is with you. 

Kontakion Tone 8 O Mother of God, we, your servants, sing a hymn of thanks to you; a hymn of 

triumph to a valiant leader, for you have delivered us from all peril. We now exclaim to you: Hall, O 

Bride and Virgin Ever-Pure. 

Stichera 

Gabriel stood in your presence, O holy Virgin, and revealed the eternal plan to you. He greeted you and 
announced: Rejoice, O earth that had not been sown! Rejoice, O burning bush that was not consumed! 
Rejoice, O unsearchable depth! Rejoice, O bridge which leads to heaven; O high ladder which Jacob 
saw! Rejoice, O vessel of divine manna! Rejoice, O invocation of Adam! The Lord is with you. 
Glory be.. .now and ever.. .The archangel Gabriel was sent from heaven to bring to the Virgin glad tidings 
of her conception. When he came to Nazareth, he marveled at the miracle and though to himself: How 
is it that He Whom the heavens cannot comprehend is now being born of a virgin? The One Who has 
heaven for a throne and earth for a footstoool is being enclosed within a virgin's womb. He, upon Whom 
the six-winged Seraphim and the many-eyed Cherubim cannot gaze, wills to become incarnate of her by 
a single word. The Word of God is at hand. Then why do I stand by and not say to the Virgin: Rejoice, 
O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you! Rejoice, O pure Virgin and maiden bride! Rejoice, O Mother of 
the Life! Blessed is the Fruit of your womb! 

Sessional Hymns 

The great leader of the bodiless armies descended to Nazareth and standing before you, O most pur 
One, announced the King, the infinite Lord of the ages to you. He said to you: Rejoice, O blessed Mary, 
incomprehensible and untold marvel, for you are the renewal of the human race. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

March 26: The Leave-Taking of the Annunciation; The Synaxis of St. Gabriel the Archangel 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Annunciation. 

Troparion of St. Gabriel Tone 4 O leaders of the heavenly armies, although we are always unworthy, 

we beseech you that with your prayers you may encircle us with the protection of the wings of your 



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angelic glory. Watch over us as we bow low and earnestly cry out to you: Deliver us from clanger, O 

princes of the heavenly armies. 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Annunciation. 

Kontakion of St. Gabriel Tone 8 O leader of angels, minister of holy glory, and enjoyment of God 

Himself, you have come from the most radiant, almighty, all mysterious and exalted + Trinity of might. 

Pray that we be delivered from trials and sorrows, so that we might sing: Hail to you who protect your 

servants! 

Stichera 

In the sixth month, the archangel was sent to the pure Virgin. Telling her to rejoice, he announced the 
good tidings that the Savior would be bom of her. Having accepted his greeting, she conceived the 
eternal God Who ineffably deigned to become incarnate for the salvation of our souls. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The archangel Gabriel was sent from heaven to bring to the Virgin glad tidings 
of her conception. When he came to Nazareth, he marveled at the miracle and though to himself: How 
is it that He Whom the heavens cannot comprehend is now being born of a virgin? The One Who has 
heaven for a throne and earth for a footstoool is being enclosed within a virgin's womb. He, upon Whom 
the six-winged Seraphim and the many-eyed Cherubim cannot gaze, wills to become incarnate of her by 
a single word. The Word of God is at hand. Then why do I stand by and not say to the Virgin: Rejoice, 
O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you! Rejoice, O pure Virgin and maiden bride! Rejoice, O Mother of 
the Life! Blessed is the Fruit of your womb! 

Sessional Hymns from the Annuncation or from the weekday. 

March 27: St. Matrona, Nun-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Nun-Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 5 You worked with honor for the Master and steadfastly refused to dishonor Him. You 

endured imprisonment and wounds for Him, and went as far as to give your life for Him. O Mother 

Matrona, so wise in God, pray for those who honor your memory! 

Stichera from For a Nun-Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 28: Sts. Hilary and Stephen, Monks 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Monks. 

Kontakion Tone 5 Having glowed like the sun, your memory gives joy to the faithful. It disperses the 

darkness and casts out passion. Shelter and guard us who honor this precious memory from ail of life's 

trials, O honorable Hilary, O blessed Stephen! 

Stichera from For Several Monks. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 29: Sts. Mark and Cyril, Hieromartyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Having become a splendor of truth, you have illumined the very ends of the earth. 

For this we bless you, O martyred priests! 

Stichera from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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March 30: St. John Climacus, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 We find your virtues to be a ladder leading us to heaven, venerable Father John. 

You have become virtue personified, O glorious saint! 

Kontakion Tone 4 The Lord has placed you on the pinnacle of chastity, O Father John our Guide. Like 

abrilliant star you shed light on the earth! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

March 31: St. Hypatius, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 1 You shine over the earth, O santifying Father Hypatius, and you enlighten those who 

come to you by miracles. Having poured out your blood, you became like Christ. You sing with the 

angels as you pray for us. Glory to God Who strengthened you! Glory to Him Who befriended you! 

Glory to Him Who heals us through you! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 

April 1: St. Mary of Egypt, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 While you had been a vessel of immorality, repentance made you a Bride of Christ. 

By imitating the life on an angel, you destroyed the devil by the power of the cross. This is why you 

became a bride for the King, O glorious Mary! 

Kontakion Tone 8 You walked through a deep dari< mist of sin, but then you enlightened your heart by 

repentance. You came to repentance under the patronage of the holy and immaculate Theotokos, and 

you found full absolution from your sins. Now you rejoice with the angels, O glorious saint! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 2: St. Titus the Wonderworker, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You passed your life in silence, and drew near to God, O venerable and 

wonderworking Father Titus! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



April 3: St. Nicetas of Medikia, Monk 



Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 



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Kontakion Tone 2 Acquiring a heavenly life and mind, you out-shined the sun. By the light of your 
works you illumined those in darkness. You lead everyone to God, O Father Nicetas, and so we ask you 
to pray unceasingly to God for us. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 4: Sts. Joseph and George the Hymnographers, Monks 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Monks. 

Kontakion of St. Joseph Tone 4 You are a never-ending fountain of lasting penance, an unending river 

of comfort, and a well of goodness, O Joseph. Give us tears of celestial repentance, by which me might 

cry in seeking your help, and ultimately find comfort from God by your help, O saint! 

Kontakion of St George Tone 3 You sought to be a friend of Christ and so you turned from worldy 

distraction. You lived like an angel on earth. George, and so we are in awe of your holy passing. Beg 

Christ our God to have mercy on us! 

Stichera from For Several Monks. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 5: Sts. Theodulus and Agathopodus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 Brother to each other by the spirit, and united together in a bond of faith, you passed 

through life in prayer and fasting, and attracted many people to knowledge of the holy. By your bravery 

you imprisoned guile, and suffering under the law you received crowns. O truly great saints, beg God to 

forgive the sins of those who honor your sacred memory. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 6: The Failing-Asleep of St. Methodius, Equal to the Apostles and Teacher of the Slavs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Send Your mercy from heaven, O Christ, to those who keep the feast of Your pastor's 

death. Open the gates of Your kingdom, and break the chains of our many sins, through the intercession 

of Your holy disciple, who is truly our father in the faith. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Let us sing of the heavenly and faithful Methodius! Let us praise this great pastor of 

the Slavs with love! Truly he was a good servant of the + Trinity! Truly he banished the wiles of heresy! 

He prays for us all! Rejoice! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 7: St. George of Meletia, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 4 By the force of your meekness you were a source of light. You beat down the revolt 

of devils quite thoroughly, showing a spiritual bravery, venerable Father. In your great love you gave 

alms to the poor, and gave the hungry their fill. Upon your death you inherited an ageless reward, 

rejoicing until the end of time, O blessed hierarch George. Beg Christ to forgive our sins, for we 

celebrate your holy memory with love! 



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Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 8: Sts. Herodion, Agavus, Ruphus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas and their Companions, 

Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You have become disciples and true apostles of Christ, O glorious Herodion, 

Agavus, Ruphus, Asyncritus, Phlegon and Hermas! Pray to the Lord to forgive the sins of those who 

honor you. 

Stichera from For Several AposUes. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 9: St. Eupsychius, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 1 Having accomplished heroic feats with a good spirit, you vanquished the enemy, O 

martyr. You received honor and miracles from God, and so the whole Church of the faithful praises you, 

venerating you as is right from age to age! 

Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 10: Sts. Terence, Africanus, Maximus, Pompilius and their Thirty-Six Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 The memory of Terence's martyrdom has come again today, and it fills us all with 

joy. Let us assemble together to receive cures from him and those who suffered with him, for they 

received the grace of the Holy Spirit to heal the afflictions of our souls. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 11: St. Antipas, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You wiped out the lies of the idols, O Antipas, and you smashed the hold of the devil. 

You bravely professed Christ before evil men. Now you have taken your place among angels and offer 

up prayers to the Master, uttering thanks on our behalf and granting cures. For this we venerate you, O 

martyred priest Antipas. Beg Christ our God to save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You sat on the apostles' throne and adorned pastors. Having been raised up in 

martyrdom, O blessed saint, you shine like the sun in the sky. You chase away the deep night of 

godlessness, Antipas, with the radiance of your beams. For this we praise you as a heavenly martyred 

priest, and a source of health for us. 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



April 12: St. Basil of Paris, Hierarch 



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Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Having been illumined by the light from on high, you enlighten all who honor your 

trials with love. O Father and martyred priest Basil, O blessed saint, pray without ceasing for us all to 

Christ our God. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 13: St. Artemon, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 4 You set out solidly by priestly devotion, and completed your course in martyrdom. 

You passed into heaven, wise Artemon, and received laurels which will never wilt. Now we have come 

to celebrate your holy memory, crying, as you stand before Christ, remember us, O martyr! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 14: St. Martin, Pope of Rome, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Confessor(s). 

Kontakion Tone 4 You set out solidly by priestly devotion, and completed your course in martyrdom. 

You passed into heaven, wise Martin, and received laurels which will never wilt. Now we have come to 

celebrate your holy memory, crying, as you stand before Christ, remember us, O priest! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 15: Sts. Aristarchus, Pudus and Trophimus, Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion Tone 4 This precious feast is so apostolic, for it enlightens us and dispels the fog of sin for 

those who sing: the Light has been shown to us! Deliverance is at hand! 

Stichera from For Several Apostles. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 16: Sts. Agapla, Irene and Chionia, Women-Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O lambs, you were led to Christ, the Lamb and Shepherd. You finished your life in 

martydom, and kept the faith. Today we praise Christ as we keep your holy and miracle-working 

memory, O holy martyrs! 

Kontakion Tone 4 Having pledged yourselves to the Lord so gracefully, you made an offering of your 

blood at your martyrdom. You have been admitted to heaven's banquet hall, O holy Agapla, Irene and 

Chionia, and to the splendid brilliance of the Light Himself. As we celebrate your holy memory, we bless 

the Savior, and we cry to you, pray to the Lord for us! 

Stichera from For Several Women-Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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April 17: St. Simeon of Persia, Martyr 

Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 18: St. John, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Bedecking your life with chastity, O Father, you disciplined your body. You 

overcame the attacks of the fire, blessed saint, and you presented yourself before God to enjoy the life of 

unending bliss as you so richly deserve, O John. Pray for our salvation to the Lord. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 19: St. John the Hermit, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 8 You gave up food, wealth and fame, and you lived as a nomad in the desert. You 

mortified your body by fasting, and with courage you passed your life in silence. For this we sing to you, 

venerable example of virtue: Beg Christ our God to forgive the sins of those who lovingly cherish your 

memory! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 20: St. Theodore the Trichinas, Monk 

Troparion Tone 8 You irrigated the desert with your tears, and you bore fruit a hundred-fold from your 
heart. You were a light to the worid, radiating miracles! Beg Christ to save our souls, Father Theodore! 
Kontakion Tone 4 You became famous for your life, O wise Father Theodore, for dressed in a habit of 
a hair shirt you won heaven's treasures which surpass those of any king. Now you have traded your 
laborer's garb for heaven's robes. Pray wihtout ceasing for us all, O venerable Father! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 21: Sts. Januarius, Proculus, Sosius, Faustus, Desiderius, Eutyches and Aukutionus, 

Hieromartyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 Anointed with the grace of the priesthood, you became good shepherds for God's 
people. You were snatched and eaten like sheep, but you were offered like a sacrifice to God. How like 
your Master Who was slaughtered like a lamb! Pray for us who hold fast to your cherished memory. 
Kontakion Tone 3 You were anointed with the chrism of the priesthood, and washed in the blood of 
martyrdom. O Januarius! O Theodore! O, all you saints! You are radiant as you sing praises in 
heaven's halls. Guard those who come to your temple and sing: Preserve us who supplicate God our 
benefactor! 

Stichera from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 22: St. Theodore the Sykeot, Confessor 



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Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 Having followed the path of holiness from your youth, you became a vessel full of 

graces. You graced the world with miracles, O priestly Theodore, and you cast out myriads of devils. 

Pray to the Lord for us! 

Kontakion Tone 3 Ascending by virtue as if in a chariot of fire, you took up your abode in heaven, O 

God-Bearer! You lived among men like an angel in the flesh, and now you sing praises with angels in 

heaven. You became a heavenly font of miracles, O Theodore. 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 23: St. George the Great Wonderworker, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You fought the good fight with faith, O Martyr of Christ, George. You exposed the 
perversion of the persecutors and offered an acceptable sacrifice to God. Therefore, you also received a 
crown of victory and through your prayers, O Holy One, obainted the forgiveness of sins for all. 
Kontakion Tone 4 Reared by God, you were a noble sower of piety, harvesting sheaves of virtue. You 
sowed in tears but reaped in joy, and having honorably fought and given your blood, you were received 
by Christ. Through your prayers, O Holy One, obtain the forgiveness of sins for all. 

Stichera 

Having gathered together today, we praise you, O George, as a valiant martyr. You kept the faith and 
completed the course and received from God the crown of victory. Entreat Him to deliver from 
tribulations and corruption those who faithfully observe your precious memory. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .You were true to your name, O warrior George, for you took the cross of Christ 
upon your shoulders. You ploughed well the land made barren by the deceits of the devil; you rooted out 
the weeds of idol worship and planted the vine of orthodoxy. Therefore, your healing overflows to the 
faithful throughout the whole world, and you have shown yourself to be the righteous gardener of the + 
Trinity. Pray for peace in the world and salvation for our souls. 

Sessional Hymns 

Behold, the spring of grace has shone forth. The Resurrection of Christ has glistened for all, and at this 
time George the martyr is radiant with Him. It is a very festive and light-bearing day. Wrapped in 
splendor in a divine manner, let us carry candles and celebrate with joy. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... Rejecting earthly warfare, O Martyr, you yearned for the glory that is in 
heaven; and you suffered pains and a wretched death. Therefore, we celebrate your holy memory today 
and offer praise to Christ, O most blessed George. 

April 24: St. Sabbas, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 5 Casting off the robes of dignity and honor, O martyr, you confessed Christ before the 

torturer, the evil king. For this you were subjected to great suffering, glorious one, and you obtained a 

crown of victory from the King of all. You have been placed among heaven's legions, so pray for the 

salvation of our souls, O Sabbas. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Showing yourself as an invincible Goth, you struck down the barbarians. Enduring a 

martyrdom of extreme cruelty, you crushed legions of unseen devils. You assumed a crown of victory 

laurels, O blessed Sabbas, and we ask you to intercede with Christ for us. 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 25: St. Mark the Evangelist, Apostle 



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Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 You became an apostle of Christ through Peter's teaching, and you traveled like the 

sun over foreign lands. You fathered the Alexandrians in Christ, blessed saint, and Egypt was set free 

from her errors by you. You guide us all like a beacon, O Mark, voice of God! You are a pillar of the 

Church by your gospel teaching. We are made happy from all of this, and keep your memory. Intercede 

with God Who proclaims the Gospel through you to forgive us our many sins! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Receiving the grace of the Spirit from heaven, you silenced the babble of the 

orators, O apostle. You attracted the pagans by the preaching of the gospel, and led them to your 

Master, O blessed Mark. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 26: St. Basil, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You disobeyed the king's edict and you gained heaven. As you raise your song 

there, remember us who remember you, O hieromartyr Basil! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 27: St. Simeon, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 We praise you as a model for priests and a relative of the Lord, O Simeon. You kept 

the faith, and as a martyr you smashed the webs of lies. Celebrating your all holy memory, we see 

forgiveness of our sins through you. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Having Simeon the inspired preacher as a star over her, the Church is guided by his 

light and sings: Hail, rich crown of martyrs! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 28: Sts. Jason and Sosipater, Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion Tone 4 By your message you became lights for the worid, O holy Jason and Sosipater! 

Save those who cherish your memory! 

Stichera from For Several Apostles. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 29: The Nine Martyrs of Cyzice 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 See the strong and glorious choir of nine martys, the men who professed the + 

Trinity of triple glory! As their trial began they exclaimed: We offer You our bodies and souls as a 

sacrifice, poured out in our blood, O Master. Since You are merciful. Master, number us among the 

saints. 



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Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

April 30: St. James the Greater, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 You were Christ's apostle and beloved John's brother. O praiseworthy James, obtain 

absolution for those who sing the praises of your memory. Find mercy for our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Listening to the divine voice of invitation, you left your father and hurried after Jesus. 

With your brother, O glorious James, you followed, and the two of you saw the Lord's transfiguration! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 

May 1: St. Jeremiah, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Prophet 

Kontakion Tone 3 O great prophet and martyr, you received the gift of prophecy, after you purified your 

heart by the fire of the Spirit. How loudly you proclaimed the message, O Jeremiah. This is our God and 

you shall have none other before Him; He has taken flesh, and has appeared on earth! 

Stichera from For a Prophet 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 2: St. Athanasius the Great, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 You were a pillar of orthodoxy supporting the Church. You preached that the Son 

was of one nature with the Father, O venerable Athanasius. You made Arius blush with shame. Beg 

Christ our God to have mercy on us! 

KonteAf/on Tone 2 Blaring trumpet of the Lord! Flute of the spirit! O great Athanasius, O fiery mind! It 

is fitting to sing your praises with hymns, for you taught us to honor the + Trinity of one essence. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 3: The Falling-Asleep of St. Theodosius of the Caves, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Loving the monastic life from your youth, you climbed the summit of virtue. 

Achieving your goal, you took up life in a cave. Perfecting your life by fasting, you became like an angel. 

You have enlightened all the Slavic lands like a star. Father Theodosius, beg Christ our God to save our 

souls! 

Kontakion Tone 3 We venerate the star of all the Slavic lands today, rising in the east and traveling to 

the west. He has radiated miracles and holiness by his goodness and monastic piety. This is the 

blessed Theodosius. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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May 4: St. Pelagia, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Woman-Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 1 Having inflamed your soul with love for Christ, you entered the boiling pot with 

courage. You became a sacrifice of pleasing perfume to the Lord. Today we remember you, wise 

Pelagia, and we sing to you. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 5: St. Irene, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Woman-Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 4 Anointed with the sweetness of virginity, you were beautiful in your martyrdom, O 

virgin Irene. Robed in crimson from your blood, you exposed the lies of the godless. For this the 

Creator crowned you in triumph. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 6: St. Job, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 The enemy saw Job's treasure of virtue, and he responded with cruelty. He planned 

to rob him and, afflicting his body, failed to find access to his soul. He found that holy man's soul to be 

well armed, but he finds me so vulnerable. O Savior, as I see my death before me so plainly, I cry to 

You for help. 

Kontakion Tone 8 Proving the authenticity of your holiness, you illumined the world by your suffering, O 

glorious and truly pious Job. We sing to your memory, for you are wise in God. 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 7: The Apparition of the Holy Cross over Jerusalem 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Today the image of the cross is brighter than the sun. You have stretched it from the 
holy mountain of Olivet to Calvary. You show us Your might in it, O Savior, and by it You strengthen our 
authorities. By the prayers of the Theotokos, You preserve them and us in peace, O Christ our God. 
Kontakion Tone 4 Opening the heavens, the precious cross shines on earth, radiating brilliant beams in 
the heavens. Accepting its guidance, we come to the perfect Light, and holding it for an armor of peace 
in battle, we possess a trophy of victory. 

Stichera from For Feasts of the Holy Cross. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 8: St. John the Evangelist, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 Beloved disciple of Christ, quickly deliver those in despair. Falling down before you, 
they lie prostrate on the ground. Implore the Lord to scatter the mist of the pagans, and obtain peace 
and mercy for us, O Theologian. 



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Kontakion Tone 2 Who can recount your greatness, O virginal disciple? You scatter miracles and pour 
cures everywhere. As a friend of Christ you pray for us, O Theologian. 

Stichera 

As witness of revelations beyond words and interpreter of the sublime mysteries of God, O son of 
Zebedee, you have written the gospel of Christ for us. You taught us to glorify the Father +, Son and 
Holy Spirit. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let all the human race give the praise that is due to John, the son of thunder, 
the virgin apostle and the bearer of God's message, the chief theologian and the first to proclaim the 
truths which are contained in the teachings of divine Wisdom. For always being filled with that which is 
divine, he said: In the beginning was the Word, not separated from the Father but equal to the Father 
according to His nature, thereby showing us the right worship of the Holy + Trinity. He has also shown us 
that the Word was with the Father, the Creator of all, and that He bears life and has shown us the true 
light. O awesome marvel! O Wisdom! John was filled with love for God; he was also filled with glory, 
honor and faith; he was the preacher of our pure faith. Because of this, we shall obtain eternal blessing 
on the day of judgment. 

Sessional Hymns 

Having been the disciple of Christ, you have taught all the people concerning the Master. You have 
enlightened the world by instructing them in this knowledge O Aposte. Therefore, we call you in truth: 
preacher; theologian, and beloved friend of Christ. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

iVIay 9: The Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 A day of festal joy has come! The city of Bari leaps for joy, and the world sing with it. 

Today, we celebrate the transfer of the relics of the wonderworking and holy Nicholas. Just as the 

perfect Light has shined in glory, so does Nicholas disperse the darkness of temptation for those who 

sing out: Save us as a patron, O Nicholas! 

Kontakion Tone 3 Like a star rising in the east, your relics have risen and come to the west. The 

waters of the sea have been hallowed by your passage, and the city of Bari has received grace from you. 

You are truly a most wonderful miracle worker, a merciful bishop, and we praise you. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 10: St. Simeon the Zealot, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion Tone 2 With holy hymns we bless Simeon as a preacher of God, who rooted wisdom deeply 

in the hearts of the pious. Now he stands before the throne of Glory and rejoices in the company of 

angels. He prays unceasingly for us all! 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 11 : Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Equals to the Apostles, Teachers of the Slavs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 As equals of the apostles and teachers of the Slavs, beg the Master of all to confirm 
our people in the faith, and in unity of heart, O Cyril and Methodius. Beg Him for peace in the world and 
mercy on our souls. 



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Kontakion Tone 3 We honor those priests who gave us the Light, who opened the fountain of theology 
for us by translating the Holy Scriptures, and by starting a river from them that runs today still! We 
glorify you, Cyril and Methodius, who stand in heaven, before the throne of the Lord on high, and who 
pray so fervently for us all. 

Stichera 

With what crowns of praise shall we crown the most holy ones, who, by the light of the Gospel, illumined 
the Slav nations sitting in the darkness of ignorance and in the shadow of death? They were powerful 
preachers of the consubstantial + Trinity. Through them we also, like a wild olive tree, have been added 
on to the fertile root of orthodoxy. Therefore, we have received peace and great mercy from Christ. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Come, O feast lovers, let us sing hymns of praise to those who are equal to the 
apostles, the fruitfulness of hierarchs, the luminaries, and fervent defenders of the Slav nations. Let us 
cry out: Rejoice, O Cyril, golden tmmpet of theology, who - like a sun - made clear the mystery of the 
Holy + Trintity to muzzle the foul mouths of the Khazar. Rejoice, O Methodius, who struggled together 
with him and supported him by testimonies and prayers. Now, O all-blessed Fathers, do not cease to 
pray to Christ our God for us, who faithfully and lovingly extol you. 

Sessional Hymns 

O Cyril and Methodius, you are now standing in the inaccessible light before the life-creating + Trinity 
Whom the angelic powers extol unceasingly and Whom you preached with a loud voice among the 
Gentiles. Please pray for the + Trinity to grant forgiveness of sins and deliverance from eternal 
damnation to all who lovingly venerate your memory. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O ever-glorious Virgin, Mother of Christ God, Mary, Bride of God and most 
pure help of the faithful, deliver from every danger and misery all those who lovingly seek your 
protection; for you are the only Betrothed of God. 

May 12: Sts. Epiphanius of Cyprus and Germanus of Constantinople, Hierarchs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Hierarchs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Come faithful people, let us praise the heavenly Epiphanius and Germanus. These 

two princes of the choir of priests scorched the tongues of the godless. They preached the purest dogma 

for Orthodox people, and so we take up a hymn in honor of sanctity. 

Stichera from For Several Hierarchs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 13: St. Glyceria, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Woman-Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 3 Loving the holy Virgin Theotokos Mary, you kept your virginity. Your love filled you 

with zeal for the Lord, and you bravely endured pain and death. For this, O martyred virgin, Christ has 

given you a double crown. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 14: St. Isidore, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 4 By your prayers you became God's steward, O saint. Therefore, we sing to you 

today, O martyr Isidore! 



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Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 15: St. Pachomius the Great, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You irrigated the desert with your tears, and you bore fruit a hundred-fold from your 

heart. You were a light to the worid, radiating miracles! Beg Christ to save our souls, Father 

Pachomius! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You became a light for the ends of the earth. You populated the desert with monks 

like a city. You weakened your body by your abstinence. You took up your cross and crucified yourself. 

Pray without ceasing for us all! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 16: St. Theodore, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 A desert dweller and an angel in the flesh: you have been given to us as a 

wonderworker. Receiving heavenly gifts through fasting, God-Bearing Father Theodore, you heal the 

sick by prayer and fasting, and those who come afflicted to you. Glory to Him Who gave you this power! 

Glory to Him Who crowned you! Glory to Him Who heals us through you! 

Kontakion from For a Monk. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 17: St. Andronicus and His Companions, Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion Tone 8 We praise Andronicus the apostle of Christ, the bright star who enlightened the 

pagans with understanding of God. We also praise Junius who labored along with him in bringing the 

Gospel to the pagans. We cry: implore God for us without ceasing. 

Stichera from For Several Apostles. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 18: St. Theodotus, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 2 You fought well by your martyrdom, O Theodotus, as did those who were martyred 

with you. You were crowned along with those martyred virgins. Implore Christ out God without ceasing 

for us all! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 19: St. Patritius, Hieromartyr, and His Companions 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr. 



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Kontakion Tone 4 As a beacon fed by the virtue of ttie priesthood, you were emblazoned with the blood 
of martyrdom. Standing before Christ with those who died with you, remember us, O precious martyr 
Patritius! 



Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 20: St. Thalaleus, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 3 Becoming a colleague of martyrs and a good warrior, you were a pleasing soldier to 

Christ, the King of Glory. You wiped out the glory of idols by endurance and pain, and so we sing for the 

memory of you, O wise Thalaleus. 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 21: Sts. Constantine and Helen, Confessors 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Seeing the cross in the sky like Paul, you answered a call from the divine like him. 

You committed the royal city into the Lord's hands, and it is kept in peace by the prayers of the 

Theotokos. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Today Constantine and his mother Helen reveal the cross, that most precious tree 

which puzzles the Jews. It is the amior of Christian authorities against enemies. It has proved itself 

fomriidable in war by its many miracles. 

Stichera from For a Confessors). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 22: St. Basiliscus, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 8 You stood staunchly with fortitude in your sufferings. You astonish us with your 

wonderful miracles, which promote the name of Christ among us. You shamed the devil, and so we 

venerate you, calling: Hail, dearest and most brilliant of martyrs, O Basiliscus! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 23: St. Michael, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 

Kontakion Tone 8 As a dear bishop and a holy martyred priest, you did not fear the threats of the evil 

one. You fought heretical forces by your declarations: I reverence the icon of Christ and that of His 

most pure Mother! We honor you for this, O Michael. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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May 24: St. Simeon the Stylite, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 A desert dweller and an angel in the flesh! You have been given to us as a 

wonderworker. Receiving heavenly gifts through fasting, God-Bearing Father Simeon, you heal the sick 

by prayer and fasting, and those who come afflicted to you. Glory to Him Who gave you this power! 

Glory to Him Who crowned you! Glory to Him Who heals us through you! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You tumed from the things of earth to search for the things of heaven. You turned 

your pillar into heaven, and you covered the earth with miracles. O venerable Father, pray without 

ceasing for us all to Christ our God. 

Sfichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 25: The Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Forerunner 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Like a heavenly treasure hidden in a field, Christ has revealed your head for us, O 

Prophet. Having gathered together at its discovery, we sing hymns to the Savior Who delivers us by 

your prayers. 

Kontakion Tone 6 Heavenly and brilliant is this pillar of the world! This light from the Sun! The 

Precursor has shown his head on earth. He saves those who reverence it and pray: Most Wise Baptist, 

save us all! 

Stichera from For St. John the Forerunner 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 26: St. Carpus, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The Church has cherished you as a shining star and she has rejoiced in your light, O 

Carpus. She is illumined by the light of your miracles, so save those who cling with faith to your 

memory. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 27: St. Therapontus, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 1 Having suffered under the law, O Therapontus, you became a true pastor and 

martyr. You were a champion for God, and so we come to you for favor. Cleanse our souls of 

uncontrollable passion, and beseech Christ as our Merciful Lover. 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 28: St. Nicetas of Chalcedon, Hierarch 



Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hierarch. 



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Kontakion Tone 8 You were resplendent from your good works, O Nicetas, and you inherited the 
apostolic chair, O venerable Father. You shined like the sun over your flock, radiating all of the divine 
dogmas. That is why we sing to you: Hail, inspiration of Chalcedon! 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 29: St. Theodosia, Nun-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You were a friend of Christ and a house of the Spirit, and you embraced the blessing 
of martyrdom. You shamed the enemy who battles against the human race. You slew Copronymus by 
your patient endurance. You entered the halls of heaven by the sword of faith. Seek mercy and peace 
for those who honor you. 

Kontakion Tone 2 By your labors you obtained a life of rest and peace. By spilling your blood you 
drowned Copronymus, that infamous enemy of Christ's Church. Amid angel ranks you rejoice in heaven, 
Theodosia, and shelter those who hold fast to your memory. 

Stichera from For a Nun-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



May 30: St. Isaac, Monk 

The Apostles' Fast begins today. 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Monk. 

Kontakion Tone 8 As a champion of God, you were inflamed with zeal for the Church of Christ. Taking 

Valentius' bridle, you warned him of a horrible death, and you prophesied about the closing of the 

Church. We venerate you for this, O venerable Isaac, and ask you to pray for us in turn. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

May 31: St. Henmas, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion Tone 3 You glimmered over the earth like a star, supporting that light from the divine Light, 

Paul, who enlightens the whole worid. We venerate you for this Hermas. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 

June 1: St. Justin and His Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Embellished by the wisdom of your heavenly words, all of God's Church tells the 

worid of your holy life. Receiving a crown in return for your blood, you stand before Christ in the 

company of angels, and pray unceasingly for us all. 



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Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 2: St. Nicephorus, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 The grace of your deep words and lofty teaching has beconne a ladder to virtue for 

us. You possessed a trunnpet of the spirit, Father, and by it you announce spiritual teaching. You have 

taken up your abode in paradise, but still chase enemies with the sling of your words. O blessed 

Nicephorus, beg Christ to forgive the sins of those who honor you. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Since you have received the laurels of triumph from God, save those who appeal to 

you in faith, glorious Nicephorus, for you are a prince of Christ's priests and a teacher for us. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 3: St. Lucillian and His Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakior) Tone 1 You approached the fire but were not bumt, O courageous and wise martyr Lucillian. 

You possessed the cooling dew of God. You and your companions surpassed nature, and we ask you 

and them to remember us! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 4: St. Metrophanes, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 Preaching the great mystery of the + Trintiy, you spread the economy in Christ 

everywhere. As the shepherd of the spiritual flock, you drove off the spiritual wolves in their attack. You 

save those who call on you from perdition. Glory to Him Who gave you this might! Glory to Him Who 

chose you! Glory to Him Who defends the orthodox faith through you! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You preached the faith of Christ cleariy. You increased the numbers in His flock. 

You now rejoice with angels as a reward, and we ask you to pray for us, blessed Metrophanes. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 5: St. Dorotheus, Hieromartyr 

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Troparion Tone 3 Resplendent with heavenly belief, you made a sacrifice of yourself to God. Suffering 

martyrdom for the immortal King, you have inherited the heavenly palace. O venerable Father 

Dorotheus, in your joy pray to Christ to have mercy on us. 

Kontakion Tone 5 More radiant than the sun because of your good works, your heavenly reaching and 

your suffering, you shed light on the worid, O blessed Dorotheus. You have burnt off the groggy mist of 

polytheism and the fog of every trace of heresy. For all of this we are happy to remember you! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
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June 6: Sts. Bessarion and Hilarion, Wonderworkers 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Charitable and Wonderworkers. 

Kontakion of St. Bessarion Tone 2 Imitating the powers of heaven, venerable Father, you lived a 

soaring life like a bird, flying upward with unquenchable desire to Christ the King until you reached Him, 

O Bessarion. Pray without ceasing for us all! 

Kontakion of St Hilarion Tone 2 You guarded your flock inviolate by the fences of your spiritual 

pasture. You were proven by the grandeur of your work. So much labor! So much suffering! O 

Hilarion, for this you have inherited the kingdom. Pray for us! 

Stichera from For Charitable and Wonderworkers. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 7: St. Theodotus, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 1 Illumining creation with miracles and suffering, you were truly a star of light, O 

bessed Theodotus. Celebrating your famous memory today, we praise Christ with a happy heart! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 8: The Translation of the Relics of St. Theodore the Great, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Waging a war of words you proved yourself a strong general. Arming yourself with 

faith, you vanquished legions of evil. You became a victorious martyr, and so we bless you: O blessed 

and long-suffering Theodore! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Asserting your manliness by faith wilhin your soul, you took the word of God like a 

spear in your hand and you slew the enemy, O Theodore. With all the martyrs, of whom you are 

supreme, pray without ceasing to Christ for us all! 



Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



June 9: St. Cyril, Hierarch 



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Troparion Tone 3 Your words reveal a treasure of theology for the world, and they squelched the 

blasphemy of Nestor. You defended the true glory of the Theotokos, O Father Cyril. Now pray to Christ 

to have mercy on us! 

Kontakion Tone 6 From the fountain of dogma you poured knowledge on us! With this same water 

from the Savior you drowned heresy. You also protected your flock from terrible storms, and you are a 

beacon for everyone, O blessed Cyril. You reveal divine things to us! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 10: St. Timothy, Hieromartyr 

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Troparion Tone 1 How happy the world is in singing your praise! How joyful is this assembly of the 
faithful for you! We are celebrating your memory and sing: Save us from all misfortune, Timothy by 
your prayers! 

Kontakion Tone 5 Irrigated by the rivers of your own blood, O martyred priest, you offered the fruit of 
your heart to Christ from the earth. You received in return an unending abundance from God. Beg Him 
to save those who venerate you from misfortune. 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 11: Sts. Bartholemew and Barnabas, Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 Receiving the Spirit as He came in fiery tongues, you preached the coming of the 

Word in the flesh. While one of you gave his head to his mission, the other endured stoning for the sake 

of the faith. You have been sent ot adorn the choirs of heaven, O Bartholemew, O Barnabas! We honor 

your memory and seek this favor: Beg Christ our God to forgive our sins! 

Kontakion of St Bartholemew Tone 4 You became sunshine to the world by your awesome miracle 

and glowing teaching. You lead to the Light those who venerate you, O apostle of the Lord, 

Bartholemew. 

Kontakion of St Barnabas Tone 3 You were a true minister of the Lord, and preeminent among the 

seventy disciples. You aided Paul in his work, proclaiming Christ the Savior to all. For this we celebrate 

your memory by singing hymns, O Barnabas! 

Stichera from For Several Aposties. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 12: St. Onufrius, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 You entered the desert driven by spiritual yearning, and you fought in it for many 

years like an angel. You are the equal of Eiias the Forerunner, and you were delighted by the Sacred 

Mysteris ministered to you by angelic hands. Now you have gone to them in the + Trinity's light. Pray 

for us who venerate your memory. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Illumined by the light of the most Holy Spirit, you turned your back on the distractions 

of this life. Taking up your life in the desert, venerable Father, you pleased God our Creator very much. 

Christ exalts you for this, O blessed saint! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 13: St. Aquliina, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Woman-Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Purifying your soul by the balm of virginity, you soared to heaven in a flight of 

martyrdom. You languished with love of Christ, O precious saint, and now you can stand before him, 

Aquilina. Join the angels in ceaseless prayer for us on earth! 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 14: St. Elisseus, Prophet 

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Troparion Tone 4 An angel in the flesh! A foundation of prophets! That other precursor of Christ's 
advent, the glorious prophet, Ellas, sends grace fronn heaven to Elisseus to heal and clean. He works 
these marvels of healing for those who honor him. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You were manifested as a prophet of God, receiving two graces so worthy of you, 
blessed Elisseus. You were a companion to the great Elias. 

Stichera from For a Prophet. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 15: St. Amos, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Prophet. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Purifying your heart by the spirit, you accepted the gift of prophecy. You stood up 

and shouted your message: This is our God, and you shall have none before Him! 

Stichera from For a Prophet. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 16: St. Tychon, Hierarch 

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Troparion Tone 4 You crucified yourself to the world at first by becoming poor among the living. Then 

like a true shepherd, you put your life at the disposal of your flock. Enriching your sheep with miracles, 

you became a bright light for the church of Amathunsa. By shedding light on it. you saved it from the fog 

of deceit, Father Tychon. By your prayers enlighten us today as we praise you. 

Kontakion Tone 3 You persevered in fasting through your love for God, and heaven sent you the power 

to expose the lies of idols, to save the people and cast out devils, to heal illness by the power of the 

Comforter. For all of this we honor you as a friend of God, blessed Tychon. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 17: St. Manuel and His Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Wounded for your faith in Christ, you drank His chalice to the dregs, O blessed saint. 

You flaunted the Persian audacity on earth, and laughed at their pagan servitude. O trinity of martyrs, 

pray for us at all times! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 18: St. Leontius, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 3 You shamed the evil treachery of the torturers, and you prevailed against the false 

worship of the Greeks. You presented mankind with knowledge of God in piety, and for this we honor 

you with love, wise Leontius. 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
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June 19: St. Jude, Apostle 

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Troparion Tone 1 We recognize that you are one of the Lord's relatives, and a strong martyr who 

trampled on lies for the faith. We have come to praise you in a sacred manner, O Jude, as we celebrate 

your holy memory and mal^e our plea; forgive our sins by the might of your prayers! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You were a chosen disciple with a firm purpose, an invincible pillar of Christ's 

Church. You preached the word to the pagans about Christ, telling them to belived in the one God. You 

have been exalted by Him in tum, and graced with the gift of healing. You cure the ills of those who 

hasten to you, O praiseworthy apostle Jude. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 20: St. Methodius, Hieromartyr 

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Troparion Tone 1 Your blood cries out from the earth like Abel's, wise saint, for you preached the 

Incarnation with fearsome boldness. You shamed the lies of Origen, Father Methodius, and now you 

have been admitted to heaven's halls. Beg Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion Tone 4 You were a priest and a mystic of the holy + Trinity. You preached divine decrees 

which surpass comprehension. You are strength for the orthodox, O Methodius. You prevailed against 

infamous intrigues, becoming a martyred priest in your blood for the faith. As you stand before Christ, 

pray for our salvation! 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 21: St. Julian, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 2 Let us praise Julian today, that invincible warrior in holiness, the herald and soldier of 

truth. Let us cry out to him: Beseech Christ our God for our welfare! 

Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 22: St. Eusebius, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 4 You lived your life in holiness, and completed it with marytrdom. You have 

extinguished the sacrificial fires of the idols, and now you have sway before the Lord our God. Pray for 

our salvation, Father Eusebius. 

Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 23: St. Agrippina, Martyr 

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Troparion Tone 1 You were overcome with love of the heavenly Lord, and turned from the worid and 

the care of the flesh. You endured the afflictions imposed on you, saying: Receive me into your love, O 



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Christ, King of Ages, for I am being consumed for you! Make those who revere you happy in His mercy, 
most praiseworhty martyr Agrippina! 
Kontakion from For a Martyr. 

Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 24: The Nativity of the Honorable, Glorious, Prophet, Forerunner and 

Baptist John 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O Prophet and Forerunner of the Coming of Christ, in spite of our honor and 

devotion, we are unable to give you worthy praise. Through your glorious and noble birth your mother's 

childlessness was ended; your father's tongue was freed, and the incarnation of the Son of God was 

proclaimed to the world. 

Kor)takion Tone 3 Today, she who was once ban-en gives birth to the Forerunner of Christ, the 

Fulfillment of all prophecy. In the Jordan, John laid his hand upon Him Whom the prophets foretold 

showing himself to be the Prophet, the Herald and Forerunner of the Word of God. 

Stichera 

When John was born, the silence of Zechariah was broken. For when the Voice appeared, it was not 
proper that his father remain silent. Just as disbelief bound the tongue of the father, so now the 
appearance of John frees him. Having revealed himself, he preaches good tidings to all. The 
Forerunner of Light and the Voice of the Word is bom, and he prays for the salvation of our our souls. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Today, like a shining star, the Lamp prepares the way for the coming of the 
Word of God. Today Zechariah speaks cleariy, ending the silence imposed by the angel, for it was not 
right that the father of the Voice be kept silent once John was born from a barren womb. He comes to 
announce with great boldness the good news of salvation for all the worid. 

Sessional Hymns 

The adornment of the desert and the support of the prophets, the fruit of Zechariah, has sprouted forth 
for us. and he understandingly gladdens the hearts of the faithful. The Forerunner of Christ and the true 
witness of His coming has appeared. Therefore, let us cry aloud to the Baptizer with spiritual hymns: O 
prophet and preacher of the truth, intercede for the salvation of our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Joseph was amazed when he saw that which is beyond nature. In your 
seedless conception, O Theotokos, he thought of the dew which remained on the fleece, the bush 
unconsumed by fire, and the rod of Aaron which sprouted. Your betrothed and guardian testified by 
calling out to the priests: A Virgin bears a child and still remains a virgin after giving birth. 

June 25: St. Febronia, Nun-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Nun-Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 6 It was not hard for me to follow You, my beloved Lord, for the sweetness of Your 

love filled my soul with yeaming, and the beauty of Your mercy drew me to drink Your chalice that You 

might admit me to the mamage feast in heaven, along with the wise virgins, where I might sing to you, 

said the nun Febronia. O martyr, we celebrate the feast of your martyrdom, and we make this petition to 

you: Pray that the door to the feast remains opened for us! 

Stichera from For a Nun-Martyr 
Sessionai Hymns from the weel<day. 

June 26: St. David, Monk 

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Troparion Tone 4 Drowning out the noises of the world with hymns, you took up your abode in an 
orchard's tree, Father. Having left the world in your heart, you flew up to heaven and heaven's Lord by 
good works. There you have taken up your abode with angels. Look down on us who keep your 
memory, O David! 

Kontakion Tone 1 You were like a perpetually blossoming orchard, continually bearing the fruit of good 
wori<;s. You were like a bird with a beautiful song, O David. You found the tree of life in the Lord within 
your heart even more surely than on paradise's fields. You tended it carefully and nourished it with 
grace. Pray for us always, blessed David! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 27: St. Sampson, Confessor 

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Troparion Tone 8 By your patience you reaped your reward. Your prayers were without end, venerable 

Father, as was your love and solicitude for the poor. Pray to Christ for our salvation, blessed and 

merciful Sampson. 

Kontakion Tone 8 You come quickly bearing heaven's cures like some skillful doctor, O wise Sampson. 

We have assembled together with songs and chants, bent on gloriyfing Christ Who works these marvels 

through you. 

Stictiera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from ttie weekday. 

June 28: The Translation of the Relics of Sts. Cyrus and John, Wonderworkers 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 5 Giving us a rampart wall in the miracles of your saints, cast down the plots of the foe 

by their prayers, Christ. Strengthen the authorities as the Lover of Mankind. 

Kontakion Tone 3 You received the gift of miracles from divine grace, and you bestow them generously 

on the world, O saints. You heal all the ills of our souls by your spiritual help. You are truly heavenly 

physicians, O John and Cyrus! 

Stichera from For Ctiaritable and Wonderworkers. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

June 29: The Commemoration of the Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Apostles, Sts. 

Peter and Paul 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 O Leaders of the Apostles and Teachers of the worid, pray to the Lord of All to grant 

peace to the worid and abundant mercy to our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O Lord. You have received the steadfast Preachers of the good news, the Leaders of 

Your Apostles, into the enjoyment of Your goodness and repose. You have accepted their labors and 

death before any other sacrifice, for only You know the secrets of our heart. 

Stichera 

What crowns of praise shall we weave for Peter and Paul? They were separated in the body but united 

in spirit, and outstanding as the preachers of God. The one indeed led the apostles, while the other 

labored more than all the rest. Christ our God, showing great mercy, fittingly crowns them with immortal 

glory. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Christ asked three times: Peter, do you love Me? Thereby He satisfied the 

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know that I love You. After this, Christ said to him: Feed my sheep, feed my lambs; feed those sheep 
which I have fashioned for salvation with My own blood. Therefore, O blessed Apostle of God, beseech 
Him to grant us great mercy. 

Sessional Hymns 

Having put aside fishing in the deep, you received from the Father Himself the revelation of the 
Incamation of the Word. Thus you confidently cried out in faith to your Creator: I know that You are the 
Son of God, consubsantial with Him. Therefore, you were tmly revealed as the rock of faith and a 
trustee of the keys of grace. Intercede, therefore, O apostle Peter, with Christ our God to grant 
forgiveness of sins to those who lovingly celebrate your holy memory. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .We worthily exalt the all-praiseworthy Peter and Paul, the defender of the rock 
of the Church and the net of the world. They have the keys to heaven because they have illumined the 
worid in the belief of the + Trinity. Glory to Him Who glorified you! Glory to Him Who strengthened you! 
Glory to Him Who gave you gifts for eternal life! 

June 30: The Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Your preaching has spread over the whole worid, since you have received the Spirit 
in flaming tongues. You burned down the lies of idolatry, and you have caught the mistaken perople with 
the nets of faith. The heavens declare your glory for this, and the firmament proclaims your works. We 
join them in a song to your memory, through the prayers of your twelve apostles, save us, O Lord! 
Kontakion Tone 3 Christ our Rock has exalted the foundation stones of faith, the chosen twelve from 
the disciples and Paul. As we observe their memory with faith, let us praise the One Who glorifies them. 

Stichera 

What crowns of praise shall we weave for Peter and Paul? They were separated in the body but united 
in spirit, and outstanding as the preachers of God? The one indeed led the apostles, while the other 
labored more than all the rest. Christ our God, showing great mercy, fittingly crowns them with immortal 
glory. 

Glory be.. .now and ever.. .The most honorable feast has arrived, the feast of the Church of Christ, the 
feast of the intercessors of our salvation. Therefore, let us mystically rejoice, saying to them: Rejoice, 
for you have become the light of those in darkness, shining splendors of the Spiritual Sun. Rejoice, O 
Peter and Paul, unshakable foundations of divine teachings, friends of Christ and chosen vessels. Be 
present among us in an invisible manner and grant spiritual gifts to those who praise your feast with 
hymns. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 

July 1: Sts. Comas and Damian, Wonderworkers 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Today the people sing to God on high, because He gave us doctors who practiced 

without fee. Let us sing to them: holy Cosmas and Damian. Since you have been given the grace to 

cure so freely, distribute it feely among those who venerate you! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Receiving the grace to heal from the source of miracles, you generously used it for 

those who approached you. Visit us in our spiritual and physical needs, holy doctors Cosmas and 

Damian, and seek mercy from Christ our God for us! 

Stichera from For Charitable and Wonderworkers. 

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July 2: The Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 O perfect Virgin Theotokos! O Protection of mankind! By giving this city your robe 
and belt, you have given it a lasting treasure. Both nature and time were regenerated through you. For 
this we ask peace for the city and mercy for our souls from you, who gave birth without seed to God. 
Kontakion Tone 4 You have given us your sacred robe, a vestment of incorruption for all the faithful. It 
once covered your pure body, O pure Lady of God's grace. Now it is a tent-cloth to protect all mankind! 
We celebrate the placing of these relics in the church, and we lovingly sing with awe to you, pure Lady: 
Rejoice, Virgin! O praise of Christians! 

Stichera from For the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 3: St. Hyacinthus, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 6 Your martyr possessed the tree of life, Christ, which is the faith in his soul, more 

precious than Eden's garden. By the Spirit, he chopped down the tree of lies and was given a crown of 

glory for this from You, the supremely merciful Lord. 

Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 4: St. Andrew of Crete, Archbishop 

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Troparion Tone 4 You elated Christ's Church with your beautiful hymns, showing the glory of the Holy + 

Trinity to all in theology. For this we sing of you as a man of insight, Andrew, and glorify your memory, 

O shepherd of Crete. We praise Christ's friend among the saints! 

Kontakion Tone 2 Having sounded sublime praise with your spirit's trumpet, you were shown to the 

worid as a beacon of the + Trinity. We call to you, venerable Andrew: Pray without ceasing for us all. 

Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 5: St. Athanasius of Mount Athos, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 The angels in heaven were marvelling at your life on earth, for you occupied your 

flesh as a spirit from on high. You unarmed legions of demons, O glorious saint, and Christ rewarded 

you with bountiful gifts. In view of this, Father, pray for the salvation of us all. 

Kontakion Tone 8 Your flock invokes you as a man of special insight, and a zealous preacher of God, 

O inspired saint. Do not forget praying for your servants, that they may be delivered from attacks and 

assaults. We cry to you: Hail, Father Athanasius! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 6: St. Sisoes the Great, Monk 

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Troparion Tone 2 Having overcome carnal desires by abstinence, you crucified yourself to the world. 
You leveled all lust by living in the desert, and becanne like an angel on earth. This is why we acclaim 
you a guide for monks. Father Sisoes, and beg you, implore Christ our God to save our souls! 
Kontakion Tone 4 You fought like an angel on earth, venerable Father, enlightening the faithful by 
signs from God. We venerate you for this with faith, O Sisoes. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 7: Sts. Thomas and Acacius, Monks 

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troparion Tone 1 Thomas is radiant in his miracles, and Acacius has become famous for his 

obedience. They shine as light for the world, and guiding stars for monks. We have recourse to you as 

favorites of God to defend us in battle by your prayers, so that we might ask Christ to forgive our sins on 

account of our cherishing your memory. 

Kontakion of St. Thomas Tone 4 With courage you pushed on to victory, having been inflamed with 

divine love. You offended the mortal king, and spurned the beauties of this earth. Ending your days on 

the mountain of Maleum, you stepped up from it into heaven itself. O Thomas, pray without ceasing for 

us all. 

Kontakion of St. Acacius Tone 2 From childhood you followed after Christ, forsaking the world, most 

wise and venerable Acacius. Imitating His willing meekness, you overcame the proud torturer. Pray 

without ceasing for us all. 

Stichera from For Several Monks. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 8: St. Procopius the Great, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Receiving heaven's invitation, O saint, you turned from ancestral infamy and 
traditional homage, beging zealous like Paul for Christ. You endured many tortures and wounds, and 
you have been repaid with a crown of glory, so pray to Christ to save us, O great martyr Procopius. 
Kontakion Tone 2 Inflamed with a heavenly zeal for Christ, and protected by the might of the Cross, 
you leveled the rages and the gall of the fire. You raised up the Church, O Procopius, by the strength of 
your faith. You enlighten us! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 9: St. Pancratius, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 Like an aaow on fire, you were aimed at Tauromeno to kill the godless and to bring 

light to the faithful of that place. You strengthened them in the faith by your preaching, and you finished 

your work by spilling your blood. O martyred priest, Pancratius, pray for your flock and for all who 

cherish your memory. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You appeared to the people of Tauromeno as a star, and you became a martyr-priest 

for Christ, Pancratius. As you stand before Him, pray for us who love you. 

Stichera from for a Hieromartyr 
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July 10: St. Anthony of the Caves of Kiev, Monk 

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Troparion Tone 4 You renounced and left the world, following Christ in the spirit of the Gospel. Living a 

life of an angel, you settled in the peaceful shelter of Mount Athos. You came after that to the mountains 

of Kiev with the blessing of the fathers. You ended your life of labor there, casting light over all your 

fatherland. Showing the path of the kingdom to all monks, you lead them on to Christ. Beg Him to save 

our souls, venerable Anthony. 

Kontakion Tone 8 You loved God from your childhood with all your heart, and lovingly followed him, 

venerable Father. Scoming this passing world as a trifle, you took up residence in a cave. There you 

fought the army of invisible goats, and you shined like the sun over the world. Now you stand before the 

throne amid angelic ranks, so remember us who remember you that we may sing: Hail, Father Anthony! 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 11: St. Euphemia, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Lighting your lamp, you loved your Spouse. You were radiant from your virtues, 

praiseworthy one, and because of this you pledged yourself to Him. You received a crown of suffering 

from Him, but deliver us from troubles who venerate your memory in faith, O Euphemia. 

Kontakion Tone 6 You did wonders in suffering and feats in faith! The assembly of fathers saw you as 

a sign: divided and undivided. Beg the Theotokos to subdue every heresy, and every wile of the enemy 

beneath the feet of orthodox authorities, O Saint. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 12: Sts. Prociusand Hilarion, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 The angels looked down and were amazed by your sufferings! By your flesh you 

vanquished the spirit foe, O saints, and speared him by the power of the Cross. Pray for us in our need, 

O Procius, O Hilarion, that we too may conquer the enemy and save our souls. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Like moming stars does the sufferings of these martyrs shine with the brilliance of 

miracles. Therefore, we celebrate the memory of Procius and Hilarion, and beg Christ to save our souls. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

The Sunday between July 13-19: The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumencial 

Councils 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 O Christ our God, You are above all praise, for You established our Fathers as light 
to all the earth. You led us to the true faith through them. O Most Bountiful Lord, glory be to You. 
Kontakion Tone 8 The preaching of the Apostles and the decisions of the Fathers have established the 
true faith of the Church which she wears as the garment of truth fashioned from the theology on high. 
She justly govems and glorifies the great mystery of worship. 

Stichera 

O Word of God and Lover of Mankind, infinite and beyond description in Your taking flesh for our sake, 
the noble assembly of Fathers proclaimed that You are both perfect man and perfect God, one person in 



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two perfect natures with two perfect wills. Therefore, we profess that You are one God with the Father + 
and the Holy Spirit. We sing a hymn of praise to the Father, and we adore You. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Let us honor today those mystical trumpets of the Spirit, namely the God- 
mantled Fathers, who speaking of divine things, sang in the midst of the Church a hymn in unison, 
teaching that the + Trinity is one, not differing in substance of Godhead, refuting Anus and defending 
orthodoxy. They always intercede with the Lord to have mercy on our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from the Sunday Resurrectional tone. 

July 13: The Synaxis of St. Gabriel the Archangel 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 With a candle-light assembly, let us sing the praise of the leader of heaven's hosts, O 

people. He is the servant light sent from the Light divine to enlighten all who sing with love: O great 

leader of angels, Gabriel, rejoice with all the powers of heaveni 

Kontakion Tone 2 Having beheld the glory of God in heaven, and having brought grace to earth from 

on high, save and protect those who sing to you: O prince of angels and wise Gabriel, minister of God's 

glory and heavenly defender of the world, always take our part and never abandon us! 

Stichera from For the Holy Angels and Archangels. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 14: St. Aquila, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion Tone 4 The Church possesses you like a brilliant star, and is illumined by your teaching, 

glorious Aquila. We are enlightened as we venerate you. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 15: St. Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You were like a merchant seeking a fine pearl, as you sat on the throne of the Mother 

of Cities, the God-redeemed Kiev. Sending envoys to the capitol in your search for the faith, you 

discovered the priceless pearl: Christ, Who chose you in tum as a second Paul. You submitted to the 

rites of Baptism, and the scales of spiritual blindness fell from your eyes and now your people have come 

to celebrate your death. Pray for the authorities in the Rusin lands to be saved. 

Kontakion Tone 8 You were like the great apostle Paul. Late in life you gave up the foolish philosophy 

of idols, and became a perfect man through the water of Baptism. Now you stand in Christ's court with 

joy, and we ask you to pray for the Rusin lands, and for the salvation of its authorities. 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weel<day. 

July 16: St. Athenogenes, Hieromartyr, and His Companions 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 The holy Athenogenes offered his ten disciples like a sacrifice to the Lord. The 

shepherd and his sheep enterd the heavenly fold. By their work they vanquished the lies of the pagans. 

O Christ God: save your flock from the wolves by the prayers of your martyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You heeded the word of the Master, and laid down your life for your sheep like a 

good shepherd. This is why we bless you, Hieromartyr Athenogenes, and we praise your ten disciples 



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who were guided by fear of God and your teachings. The Master has crowned you as a friend, and set 
you at His right side in glory. Pray to Him for ail of us. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 17: St. Marina the Great, Woman-Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Woman-Martyr 

Kontakion Tone 3 Anointed with the balm of virginity, O virgin, you were crowned with unwilling laurels, 

Marina. You were stained scarlet with martyr's blood, and now you are brilliant with miracles of healing! 

You have received the honors of a martyr's triumph. 

Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 18: Sts. Hyacinth and Aemilian, Martyrs 

Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 19: St. Macrina, Nun 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 You saw your bridegroom die, and were struck by the vanity of this worid and its 

perishable life. Taking purpose in your life, you were betrothed to the immortal Fiance. You drew His 

love with fasting and humility. Now your spirit rejoices with the angels, venerable Macrina. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You loved the good God with all your heart, Macrina. You shouldered your cross and 

followed Him sincerely. You found the total remission of your sins in Him. 

Stichera from For a Nun. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 20: St. Elias, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 The glorious Elias, incamate messenger of God, pillar of Prophets, and second 

Forerunner of the Coming of Christ, sent grace from on high to Eliseus that he might cleanse lepers and 

heal sickness for all those who honor him. 

Kontakion Tone 2 O Prophet, who foresaw the mighty deeds of our God, O great Elias, who through 

your prayers stopped rain, intercede for us with the only One Who loves mankind. 

Stichera 

O All-Compassionate Word, You carried Elias the Tishbite away from the earth in a chariot of fire. 
Through his intercession save us who faithfully glorify You and who joyously commemorate his feast. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Come, let us assemble, all you people of God, in this holy place where we are 
to honor the two God-inspired prophets. Let us sing a special hymn of praise to the glory of Christ God 
Who chose them. Let us cry out in joy, saying: Rejoice, O earthly angel and heavenly man, Elias the 
Great. Rejoice, O precious Elisha whom God has filled with the graces of heaven. Rejoice, O fervent 
intercessors and mediators, healers of the souls and bodies of the faithful who love Christ. Deliver from 
the attacks of the enemy and from every danger all those who celebrate your memory with honor. 



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Sessional Hymns 

O heavenly Prophet, today you are taken up into heaven upon a fiery chariot, ascending as upon the 
wings of the wind. From above you sent back to Elisha the two-fold grace and the mantle. 
Glory be. ..now and ever.. .We all entreat you, O Theotokos, who was revealed as truly a virgin even after 
your birthgiving. We sinners lovingly hasten to your kindness because you are our intercessor. You are 
our salvation in temptations, O all-Immaculate One. 

July 21: Sts. Simeon and John, Monks 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Monks. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Let us praise with love and faith the angelic Simeon, acting like an angel in the flesh, 

he glows with virtue, let us remember John along with him, since they pray together unceasingly for us 

to the Lord. 

Stichera from For Several Monks. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 22: St. Mary Magdalene, Equal to the Apostles, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 You followed Christ who was born of a virgin for us, keeping His laws and observing 

His decrees, Mary. In return we observe your holy memory, that our sins might be forgiven through your 

prayers. 

Kontakion Tone 3 You stood before the cross with the others, glorious Mary, and you cried as you 

suffered there with the Theotokos. You opened your mouth in praise, saying: How strange this is! He 

Who upholds all creation has deigned to suffer! Glory to Your power! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 23: St. Trophimius and His Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 You entered the tribunal of the unbelievers like true soldiers on a grave mission, O 

martyrs. You suffered many torments for the sake of the faith, professing Christ with fortitude. O 

Trophimius, O Theophilus, beg Him with your companions for what we need. 

Kontakion Tone 1 You embraced your suffering with heroic stance, and you were decked with glory, 

blessed saint. You tumed a wolf into a lamb by divine grace, and inspired him to join you in martyrdom. 

For this we praise you, glorious Trophimius. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 24: Sts. Boris and Gleb, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 Just martyrs for the Gospel and sharers in the Passion, you did not oppose the 

violence of the enemy. As your borther tried to kill your bodies, he still could not touch your souls. Let 

the evil lover of power groan with depression! You are filled with joy among the angels, however, 

standing before the holy + Trinity. O chaste Boris! O gentle Gleb! Please pray for your homeland and 

its sanctification, and for the salvation of the Rusin children. 

Kontakion Tone 3 Noble martyrs, today the memory of your suffering gleams! It compels us to praise 

Christ our God, Boris and Gleb. Rushing to gather around your holy relics, we seek gifts of health by 

your prayers. You are heavenly healers, O holy ones! 



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Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 25: The Dormition of St. Anne 

Troparia 

Troparlon Tone 4 You canried the pure Theotokos in your womb, Anne, and she gave birth to Life itself. 

You passed into heavenly glory, rejoicing with those who are rapt in joy. Pray for the remission of the 

sins of those who keep your memory with faith. 

Kontakion Tone 2 Today we celebrate the memory of Christ's grandparents, begging them to help us, 

and to deliver us from every tribulation. We cry out to them: Our God is with us, glorifying them as it 

pleases Him! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 26: St. Henmolaus and His Companion, Hieromartyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Living like a good pastor, you received a martyr's crown. You scattered the idols' 

sacrifices, and proved yourself a good shepherd to your flock. You were an honest teacher for 

Panteleimon, wise saint. We venerate you on this account, Father Hermolaus, and cry: Deliver us from 

misfortunes by your prayers! 

Stichera from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 27: St. Panteleimon the Great, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You received an invitation through the lips of Hermolaus which came from heaven 
itself. You embraced the faith of your mother, and you rejoiced when you were killed for it. In return you 
received the grace to heal ills, so heal our intimities that we may honr you, O great martyr Panteleimon! 
Kontakion Tone 5 You imitated the merciful Lord, and by the grace to heal which He gave you, heal our 
souls through your effective prayers, O martyr of Christ our God, Panteleimon. Chase away the seducer 
from those who honor you, and who sing in their faith: Save us, O Lord! 

Stichera from For a Martyr 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 28: St. Prochorus and His Companions, Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Apostles. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You were deacons and eye-witnesses of the Word, chosen vessels of the faith and 

glorious slants: O Nicanor and Prochorus, Timon and Parmenas. Today we take up the celebration of 

your memory, and glorify you with a light and happy heart. 

Stichera from For Several Apostles. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 



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July 29: St. Callinicus, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Martyr. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You were burnt to ashes because you loved Christ. In heaven you have inherited 

eternal goods. How/ courageously you endured your pains, Callinicus! Now that you are in heaven, do 

not forget us here below. 

Stichera from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 30: St. Silas and His Companions, Apostles 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 Let us praise the quintet of apostles: Silas; Silvanus. Criscentus, Hepenetus, and 

Adronicus. They overcame the deceits of idolartry, and caught the pagans for the faith. They pray 

unceasingly for those who keep their memory. 

Kontakion Tone 4 You were vines in Christ's vineyard, producing clusters of virtue like grapes. You 

press the wine of salvation for us. We drink it and it makes us very happy, and so we have assembled to 

honor your memory. Seek the remission of our sins, O apostles! 

Stichera from For Several Apostles. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

July 31: St. Eudocimus, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 Calling you from earth to heaven, holy Eudocimus, the Lord preserved your body 

intact after your death. You lived a life of chastity and purity, and your flesh was undefiled. Implore 

Christ with fervor to save us! 

Kontakion Tone 2 You yeamed for the things of heaven, and you achieved union with them. You 

perfected your soul like a fiery chariot by means of the ladder of good works. O most blessed 

Eudocimus, since you lived your life on earth like an angel, now you have received the Creator's seal! 

Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 

August 1: The Procession of the Venerable Cross 

The Dormition Fast begins today. 

Troparia 

Troparia from the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14. 

Stichera 

Today all the faithful rejoice, for the glorious Cross appears throughout the worid. It brightens the 
universe with an indescribable radiance, illuminates the skies, and encompasses the whole earth. The 
Church of Christ sings spiritual songs and ministers in faith and venerates the divine and most wondrous 
Cross which preserves her from on high. Strengthened now by this heavenly power, let us approach the 
Master, crying: Give peace to the worid and enlighten our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Your cross, O Christ our God, which we sinners venerate today with unworthy 
lips, was prefigured by Moses when he cast down Amaiek whom he defeated, and when David the 



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Psalmist and Your footstool cried out. You have been pleased to be nailed upon it. We beg You, Lord, 
together with the thief, make us worthy of Your kingdom. 

Sessional Hymns 

All people come together today as they mystically feast and dance, for the wood of the Cross is laid 
before us. It is the healer which expects nothing from those who seek Christ with reverence and love, 
but who give glory to Him Who loves all and Who was crucified upon it. 
Glory be.. .now and ewer. ..Repeat above. 

August 2: The Translation of the Relics of St. Stephen the Protomartyr 

Troparia from For a Martyr. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 3: Sts. Issacius and His Companions, Monks 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Monks. 

Kontakion Tone 2 You crushed heresy with your faith, and glowed brilliantly by your fasting, let us 

praise Issacius, Dalmatius and Faustus as men who pleased God, for they intercede with Him on our 

behalf. 

Stichera from For Several Monks. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 4: The Seven Youths of Ephesus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 4 What a marvel of faith! The seven holy youths lived in a cave as in a palace, and 
they passed on without corruption. After time had marched on they came out as if from sleep, and are 
fitting signs of the resurrection of ail men. Have mercy on us through their prayers, O Christ! 
Kontakion Tone 4 Despising the corruptible things of this world, they received gifts which know no 
corruption. They died but did not decay. Coming out after many years they bury unbelief. Come, 
faithful people, to praise them today, and let us raise a hymn to Christ. 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 5: The Prefestive of the Transfiguration; St. Euslgnius, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Let us look ahead to the Transfiguration of Christ. Let us celebrate 

this preparation day of the feast, and let us sing the anthem, O faithful people: The day of heavenly 

happiness has come! The Master ascends Mount Tabor, to radiate the beauty of His divinity! 

Troparion of St Eusignius from For a Martyr 

Kontakion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Let us praise Eusignius the martyr who conquered evil by the 

power of Christ. He clearly proclaimed his faith, and was subjected to vicious torments. But he 

vanquished the harshness of the torturer, and received a victor's crown from God Himself. 

Stichera 

Let us ascend the holy mountain with Jesus; we shall hear the voice of God the Father Who without 
beginning gives witness to the consubstantial Son through the + Divine Spirit. Being enlightened, we 
shall see the divine brightness. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Come, let us ascend the mountain of the Lord and go into the house of our 
God. Let us contemplate the glory of His Transfiguration, the glory of the only-begotten Son of God the 



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Father. From His light, let us receive light, and raised up by the Holy Spirit, let us sing the praises of the 
consubstantial + Trinity forever. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 6: The Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 7 You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, revealing as much of Your 

glory to Your Disciples as they could behold. Through the prayers of the Mother of God, let Your 

everlasting light also shine upon us sinners. O Giver of Light, glory be to You. 

Kontakion Tone 7 You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ out God, and Your Disciples beheld 

as much as they could of Your glory, so that when they would see You crucified, they would understand 

that You suffered willingly; and they would preach to the world that You are truly the reflection of the 

Father. 

Stichera 

O Lord, when You were transfigured before being crucified. Mount Tabor was made to resemble heaven; 
for a cloud was extended as a canopy, and the Father bore witness to You. Peter, James and John were 
present there, the same three apostles who were to be with You at the time of the betrayal of Judas, so 
that, having seen You in glory, they would not be dismayed at the time of Your suffering. Likewise, O 
Lord, make us worthy to recognize You as our God in the same sufferings You endured in Your great 
mercy, and to adore You. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Christ our God, when You willed to prefigure Your resurrection. You chose 
three disciples, Peter, James and John, and You went up with them to Mount Tabor. At the moment of 
Your Transfiguration, O Savior, the mountain was flooded with light, and Your disciples fell with their 
faces to the ground; for they could not bear the sight of Your countenance upon which no one may gaze, 
O Word. Angels attended with trembling and awe; the heavens were afraid; and the earth shook to its 
very foundations when they saw the Lord of glory come upon the earth. 

Sessional Hymns 

Showing the change that mortals will undergo, O Lord, when they enter Your glory at Your second and 
awesome coming. You were transfigured on Mount Tabor. Ellas and Moses conversed with You, and 
seeing Your glory, the three disciples whom You had chosen were struck with Your splendor, O Lord. As 
You covered them with Your brightness, also send Your light upon our souls. 
Glory be. ..now and ever... Repeat above. 

August 7: The Postfestive of the Transfiguration of Our Lord; St. Domitius, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Troparion of St. Domitius Tone 4 Having struggled to the mountain top by fasting, you destroyed the 

enemy's ramparts by the Cross. You girded yourself with martyrdom like a man, and you became a 

friend of God by all your work, O blessed and ever-memorable martyr Domitius! 

Kontalfion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Kontalfion of St. Domitius Tone 6 You once turned from perishable goods and the rationalizations 

which destroy. You became an inspiration for monks. Father Domitius, and you did not shake before the 

anger of the king who tried to tum you away from honoring Christ. You were killed for your valiant stand, 

and we sing an anthem to your honor, remembering your death song: God is with me and no one can 

prevail against me! 

Stichera 

Putting aside superstition, Persian corruption and evil worship, you wisely ran to God, O Domitius, Who 
in the wisdom of His providence rules the heavens. As an apostle, you healed the illnesses of the 



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animals as well as the infirmities of those who came to you in His name. O Mediator of Christ, pray with 
confidence that He may save our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Christ our God, when You willed to prefigure Your resurrection, You chose 
three disciples, Peter, James and John, and You went up with them to Mount Tabor. At the moment of 
Your Transfiguration, O Savior, the mountain was flooded with light, and Your disciples fell with their 
faces to the ground; for they could not bear the sight of Your countenance upon which no one may gaze, 
O Word. Angels attended with trembling and awe; the heavens were afraid; and the earth shook to its 
very foundations when they saw the Lord of glory come upon the earth. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Transfiguration of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

August 8: The Postfestive of the Transfiguration of Our Lord; St. Aemiiian, Hierarch 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Troparion of St. Aemiiian from For a Hierarch. 

Kontaldon of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Kontakion of St. Aemiiian Tone 3 The Church recognizes that you are an advocate of the most holy + 

Trinity, O Father Aemiiian, and she glorifies you with hymns of praise. You even laid down your life as 

proof of your devotion. For all of this we honor your memory; deliver your servants from pagan 

invasions! 

Stichera 

You publicly venerated the icon of Christ, O Aemiiian, when the violent cruetly of Leo terrified the 
people. You rejected the godless heresy of Copronymous. O all-wise one, with courage you publicly 
rebuked him in the whole assembly of bishops. Thereby, you showed yourself as a brave soldier of 
Christ, O all-blessed one. Entreat Him to enlighten and save our souls. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .He Who mysteriously spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and said: I Am Who 
Am, today manifests Himself to His disciples on Mount Tabor and reveals through His Person that 
human nature is reestablished in its original splendor. As witnesses to this grace and partakers of this 
joy. He raised up Moses and Ellas, the forerunners of the glorious and saving resurrection made possible 
by the cross of Christ. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Transfiguration of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

August 9: The Postfestive of the Transfiguration of Our Lord; St. Matthias, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Troparion of St. Matthias from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Kontakion of St. Matthias Tone 4 Your good tidings were more brilliant than the sun, and they have 

spread all over the worid; they illumine the church of the gentiles with grace. Hail, miracle-working 

apostle Matthias! 

Stichera 

Come, let us faithfully celebrate the brilliant, divine Transfiguration. Having been renewed in spirit, we 
shall climb to the summit of virtue, and having leamed with the apostles the revelation of the strange 
mysteries, we shall glorify the Lord and Savior. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Grace was poured out through your lips, O glorious apostle Matthias. You 
were a luminary in the Church of Christ. You taught the disciples to believe in the consubstantial + 
Trinity, in the One divinity. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Transfiguration of Our Lord or from the weekday. 



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August 10: The Postfestive of the Transfiguration of Our Lord; St. Lawrence, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Troparion ofSt. Lawrence from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontaidon of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Kontaidon of St. Lawrence Tone 2 Inflaming your heart with heavenly fire, you turned the fires of 

passion Into cold ashes, O God-bearing martyr Lawrence, strength of martyrs. Amid all your sufferings 

your cried out: Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ! 

Stichera 

O precious one, you served the Word spotlessly by the material fire of an aromatic offering to the Lord. 
It was worthy of heavenly joy. O Lawrence, pray for us who venerate you. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Lord, when You were transfigured before being crucified. Mount Tabor was 
made to resemble heaven; for a cloud was extended as a canopy, and the Father bore witness to You. 
Peter, James and John were present there, the same three apostles wo were to be with You at the time 
of the betrayal of Judas, so that, having seen You in glory, they would not be dismayed at the time of 
Your suffering. Likewise, O Lord, make us worthy to recognize You as our God in the same sufferings 
You endured in Your great mercy, and to adore You. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Transfiguration of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

August 11: The Postfestive of the Transfiguration of Our Lord; St. Euplus, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Troparion of St Euplus from For a Martyr 

Kontaidon of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Kontaidon of St. Euplus Tone 1 Carrying the law of Christ in your hands, you bravely confronted the 

enemy in a heroic act. I am ready and willing to be martyred, you cried, and bending your neck, they 

beheaded you. You have completed your course. 

Stichera 

You passed through the depth of suffering; you were engulfed with the breath of the Spirit, O most rich 
one; you reached the calm haven of God's kingdom. There you received a bountiful reward for your 
pains. Now you stand with the angels before the Master of creation, O blessed crown-bearer Euplus. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O Lord, when You were transfigured on a high mountain in the presence of 
your foremost disciples. You radiated with glory, showing how those who lead an outstanding life of virtue 
will be made worthy of the glory of heaven. Elias and Moses, conversing with the Lord, showed Him to 
be the Lord of the living and the dead, God Who spoke through the Law and the Prophets, the same to 
Whom the Father's voice bore witness out of the bright cloud saying: Hear Him for it is He, Who through 
His cross despoiled Hades and granted eternal life to the dead. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Transfiguration of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

August 12: The Postfestive of the Transfiguration of Our Lord; Sts. Photius and Anicetus, 

Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontaidon of the Postfestive from the Transfiguration. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 4 You squelched the rage of the vicious torturers by your brave 

endurance of their torments. Now you rejoice in heaven's halls, blessed martyrs Photius and Anicetus! 

You are blessed for ages of ages, praying for those who honor you! 



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Stichera 

O brave sufferers of the passion, you feared neither fire not the ax, nor the evil wrath of the shameless 
one, nor the roarings of lions, the boiling cauldrons, nor the beheading, nor the bitter death inflicted by 
the one who condemned you and who gloriously sent you to the immortal God. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The darkness of the law has received the bright cloud of the Transfiguration. 
Moses and Elias witnessed the miracle. Beholding the dazzling glory, they said to God: You are our 
God, the King of ages. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Transfiguration of Our Lord or from the weekday. 

August 13: The Leave-Taking of the Transfiguration of Our Lord; St. Maximus, Confessor 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Transfiguration. 

Troparion of St. Maximus from For a Confessor(s). 

Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Transfiguration. 

Kontakion of St. Maximus Tone 6 Taking its abode within your heart, the thrice brilliant light made you 

a chosen vessel. It has revealed heavenly things in you, blessed saint. You made deep and 

complicated ideas clear to us, and preached the eternal + Trinity to everyone, O Maximus. 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Transfiguration. 

August 14: The Prefestive of the Dormition of the Theotokos; St. Michaeas, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Prefestive Tone 4 Anticipate your celebration, people, and clap your hands in an 

assembly of love. Rejoice! Give yourself over to uninhibited joy! The Theotokos is going to pass 

gloriously from earth to the halls of heaven. We praise her as the God-Bearer! 

Troparion of St. Michaeas from For a Prophet 

Kontakion of the Prefestive Tone 4 The universe has been bathed with the Spirit and clings to the 

treasure of your memory, singing: Rejoice, Virgin and Praise of Christians! 

Kontakion of St. Michaeas from For a Prophet 

Stichera 

At the sound of the cymbals, let us sing resounding hymns, anticipating the feast of her departure. Let 
us lift our voices in a brilliant chorus before her sepulchre. For the Theotokos and the golden Tabernacle 
now prepares to pass from earth to heaven, to the new life and the divine splendor. 
Glory be. ..now and ever...O pure and most holy Virign, the choirs of angels in heaven and the assembly 
of people on earth sing the praise of your glorious Dormition; for you have become the Mother of the 
Creator of ail, Christ our God. We beg you to intercede constantly for us; for, next to God, we have 
placed our hope in you, O most glorious and ever-virgin Theotokos. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 15: The Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 O Mother of God, in giving birth you still preserved virginity, and in your falling- 
asleep you did not forsake the worid. You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, and 
through your prayers have delivered our souls from death. 

Kontakion Tone 2 The grave and death did not detain the Mother of God. She prays perpetually and is 
our unfailing hope of intercession; for he Who dwelt in the womb of the Ever-Virgin, transferred to life the 
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Stichera 

O what a wonder! The Source of life is placed in a tomb; the grave becomes a ladder to heaven. 
Rejoice, Gethsemane, holy chamber of the Theotokos! As for us, O faithful, let us cry out with Gabriel, 
the prince of angels: Rejoice, O woman full of grace, the Lord is with you, the Lord, who because of you, 
bestows great mercy upon the world. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .The holy apostles were taken up from every corner of the world and carried 
upon clouds by the command of God. They gathered around your pure body, O Source of Life, and 
kissed it with reverence. As for the most sublime powers of heaven, they came with their own leader to 
escort and to pay their last respects to the most honorable body that had contained Life itself. Filled with 
awe, they marched together with the apostles in silent majesty, professing to the princes of heaven in a 
hushed voice: Lift up your gates and receive, with becoming majesty, the Mother of the Light that never 
fades, because, through her, salvation was made possible for our human race. She is the one upon 
whom no one may gaze, and to whom no one is able to render sufficient glory; for the special honor that 
made her sublime is beyond understanding. Therefore, O most pure Theotokos, forever alive with your 
Son, the Source of Life, do not cease to intercede with Him, that He may guard and save your people 
from every trouble; for you are our intercessor. To you we sing a hymn of glory with loud and joyful 
voices, now and forever. 

Sessional Hymns 

The venerable choir of the divine apostles was reunited in a marvelous manner to bury your most pure 
body, O glorious Theotokos. With them the multitude of angels also sang in honor of your passage to 
heaven which we now celebrate in faith. 
Glory be. ..now and ever. ..Repeat above. 

August 16: The Postfestive of the Dormition of the Theotokos; The Translation of the Icon of Our 

Lord Not Made By Human Hands 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Troparion of the Translation Tone 2 We reverence your holy icon, gracious Lord, and petition for the 

remission of our sins, Christ our God. You willingly mounted the cross in the flesh that You might 

redeem us from slavery to the foe. We cry thankfully to You: Coming to save the world. You have 

perfected all Joy! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontakion of the Translation Tone 2 We have come to realize the extent of your victory; the 

inexpressible plan of Your perfect Incarnation, and to recognize this miraculous and unpainted icon as a 

banner of that divine triumph. With hearts full of love we kiss it in homage and piety! 

Stichera 

With unworthy lips we praise the Theotokos, who is more venerable than all creation and more holy than 
the Cherubim and all the angels in heaven. She is the unshakable throne of the King. She is the house 
in which the Eternal One made His abode. She is the salvation of the world and the sanctuary of God. 
In her holy memory He richly gives great mercy to the faithful. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O Master and Lover of Mankind, Your creation has been blessed for 
generations of generations through the great depth of Your providence. You sent to Abgar the icon of 
Your most venerable face which had been fashioned by You Who are invisible to the Cherubim in Your 
divinity. May we who gaze upon the icon be inflamed with your love; for You became incarnate, suffered 
the passion willingly for our sake, and poured out great mercy upon us. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Dormition of the Theotokos or from the weekday. 

August 17: The Postfestive of the Donnition of the Theotokos; St. Myron, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 



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Troparion of St Myron from For a Martyr 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontakion of St Myron Tone 4 From your tenderest years you loved Christ, and kept all His 

commandments, most glorious Myron. You followed Him quickly with your innocence, and it is fitting 

that you keep company with the angels. Seek the remission of sins for those who honor you. 

Stichera 

O most blessed Myron, when a godless controversy incited the whole land, you preached that the Word, 
out of goodness, clothed Himself in flesh from the Virgin, the Maiden of God. Strengthened by the power 
of grace, you endured cruel tortures of fire and torments until death. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .She is higher than the heavens, more glorious than the Cherubim, and more 
honorable than all creation. Her outstanding purity became the dwelling place of the Eternal Divinity. 
Today she places her all-pure soul into the hands of her Son. With her, the universe is filled with joy, 
and the grace of salvation is given to us. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Dormition of the Theotokos or from the weekday. 

August 18: The Postfestive of the Donnition of the Theotokos; Sts. Florus and Laurus, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 4 Let us praise the blessed Florus and Laurus, O faithful, for they 

preached the + Trinity without hesitation. Spilling their blood as a sign of their conviction, they have 

received laurels as God's seal of approval. Pray to Christ our God to save our souls! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 8 The world glorifies Florus and Laurus today as holy and long-suffering 

martyrs for God. We hope to find grace and mercy from their prayers, and freedom from temptations 

and afflictions, and from anger and pain on Judgment Day! 

Stichera 

With unworthy lips we praise the Theotokos who is more venerable than all creation and more holy than 
the Cherubim and all the angels in heaven. She is the unshakable throne of the King. She is the house 
in which the Eternal One made His abode. She is the salvation of the world and the sanctuary of God. 
In her holy memory He richly gives great mercy to the faithful. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O holy zealots and brothers of Christ, you are venerated with worthy praises, O 
Florus and Laurus, for you struggled mightily in confessing the Lord. You suffered severely and gained 
the crown of victory. Therefore, you sing with the angels on high, praying to the + Holy Trinity for peace 
on earth and for the salvation of our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Dormition of the Theotokos or from the weekday. 

August 19: St. Andrew and His Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Troparion of the Saints Tone 5 You forsook the glory of earthly prestige, and inherited the kingdom of 

heaven. Drops of your blood glitter like rubies in the everlasting crowns which Christ gave you. You led 

a whole company of martyrs to Christ, and found Him in the company of angelic hosts. There you join 

Him in the never-fading light, Andrew, true leader and soldier. Along with all your men, pray without 

ceasing for us all! 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 2 Standing at prayer before the Lord, like some star which heralds the 

sun, you see the treasure of the kingdom before you. You sing a never-ending hymn to the immortal 

King, filled with joy no one can describe, in the chorus of chanting angels, O general Andrew. Beg Him 

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Stichera 

O most blessed martyr Andrew, you appeared as a model of courage. O tribune, you dared to hand 
yourself over to the sentence of martyrdom, and like an army general you led the way. Now you shower 
healings upon the faithful because you received grace from heaven. 

Glory be. ..now and ever...O virgin Theotokos, at the time you were carried up to the One born of you in a 
manner beyond understanding, James and Peter were present; James, the brother of the Lord and first 
bishop, and Peter, the honorable head of the apostles and prince of theologians. The whole college of 
apostles was also there, all in one accord proclaiming things divine, praising the astounding mystery of 
Christ, and with joy, preparing your body, O most glorious One, source of Life and the temple of God. 
The most holy angelic powers were rapt in wonder at the sight of this miracle, and they said to each 
other: Lift up your gates to receive the Mother of the Creator of heaven and earth. Come, let us all sing 
hymns to her noble and holy body that has contained the invisible Lord. Therefore, we also celebrate 
your feast, and, O woman worthy of all praise, we cry out: O glorious Lady, exalt the Christian peoples 
and intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Dormition of the Theotokos or from the weekday. 

August 20: The Postfestive of the Dormition of the Theotokos; St. Samuel, Prophet 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Troparion of St. Samuel Tone 2 You were sent like an expensive gift to a barren woman, and later you 

were consecrated like some pleasing and sweet-smelling sacrifice to God. You served Him with 

reverence and justice, and we honor you as a prophet, Samuel. You are an intercessor for our souls! 

Kontalfion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontalfion of St Samuel Tone 8 Like a precious gift you were given to God before your birth and you 

served Him like an angel from your youth. You were made worthy to look into the future, blessed one, 

and so we sing to you: Hail, prophet and servant of God, Samuel! 

Stichera 

Your mother offered you up from her matemal anns as an acceptable gift. O Samuel, through prayers 
she received you, a worthy offspring, and she retumed you to God, the Benefactor, as she had promised. 
For this reason the grace of the Spirit dwelt in you, O glorious one. You were adorned with wisdom and 
grew up in virtue. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .For your holy Dormition, O Mother of God and Mother of Life, the clouds 
carried the apostles through the air. Those who had been scattered throughout the worid were brought 
together in a single choir, and, burying your most pure body with respect, they sang the words of Gabriel: 
Rejoice, O full of grace, O unwedded Virgin, the Lord is with you! Intercede with your Son and our God 
to save our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Dormition of the Theotol(os or from the weekday. 

August 21: The Postfestive of the Dormition of the Theotokos; St. Thaddeus, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Troparion of St. Thaddeus Tone 3 Edessa rejoices today at its baptism through you. Abgar has been 

freed from passion and praises you. We join him in his hymn and sing: Fill our lives with spiritual 

happiness and heal our passions by your prayers, O apostle Thaddeus. 

Kontaldon of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontakion of St. Thaddeus from For an Apostle. 



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Stichera 

O blessed apostle Thaddeus, having drawn close to the heavenly light, you became a light because of 
your divine communion, and you dispersed the night of idolatry. Because you led souls to the Almighty, 
we glorify Christ and venerate your illustrious memory. 

Glory be. ..now and ever.. .Come, let us celebrate the universal Dormition of the Immaculate Theotokos. 
Today the angels glorify the passage of the Mother of God with joy. They summon us to sing out: 
Rejoice, for you have passed from earth and inhabit the heavenly abode. Rejoice, since the choir of 
disciples was gathered into one group by means of a swift cloud. Rejoice, our hope and salvation. The 
Christian people bless you unceasingly. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Dormition of the Theotokos or from the weekday. 

August 22: The Postfestive of the Dormition of the Theotol<os; St. Agathonicus and His 

Companions, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Troparion of the Saints from For Several Martyrs. 

Kontakion of the Postfestive from the Dormition. 

Kontakion of the Saints Tone 1 Heeding the call, you denounced the beliefs of evil men, laughing at 

their threats of torment, wise saint. You became an heir to better things, glorious Agathonicus, and 

received crowns of glory with your companions. 

Stichera 

Seeking to regain the original beauty and the splendor that surpasses all understanding, you went 
joyously to the noble combat, O Agathonicus, Having fought the enemy, you bravely crushed him into 
the ground. You wove a brilliant crown of victory. Entreat the Lover of Mankind for those who honor 
you. 

Glory be. ..now and ever... Because the disciples had been both the eye-witnesses and servants of the 
Word, it was also fitting that they should witness the final mystery, the Dormition of His Mother according 
to the flesh. They not only saw the ascension of the Savior from earth to heaven, but they also were 
witnesses of the translation of the Mother who bore Him. They came to Zion to escort the Virgin, who 
surpasses the Cherubim, as she hastened in her journey to heaven. With them let us also bow low 
before the one who intercedes for our souls. 

Sessional Hymns from either the Dormition of the Theotokos or from the weekday. 

August 23: The Leave-Tal<ing of the Dormition of the Theotol<os; St. Lupus, Martyr 

Troparia 

Troparion of the Leave-Taking from the Dormition. 
Troparion of St. Lupus from For a Martyr 
Kontakion of the Leave-Taking from the Dormition. 
Kontakion of St. Lupus from For a Martyr 

Stichera and Sessional Hymns from the Dormition. 

August 24: St. Eutyches, Hieromartyr 

Troparia 

Troparion from For a Hieromartyr 

Kontakion Tone 3 You sat on the chair of the apostles, and you were the honor of pastors. You 

decorated all your labors with martyrs' blood, and you shine with solar brilliance. You disperse the night 

of godlessness and enlighten all mankind. For all of this we honor you as a truly magnificent priest. 



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Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
Sessional Hymr)s from the weekday. 

August 25: The Return of the Relics of St. Batholemew, Apostle 

Troparia 

Troparion from For an Apostle. 

Kontakion tone 4 You were a brilliant light for the Church, illumining those who venerate you, 

Bartholemew, by the rays of miracles and true dogma. 

Stichera from For an Apostle. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 26: Sts. Adrian and Natalie, Martyrs 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 3 You saved a treasure of inestimable wealth, the divine and orthodox faith! Turning 

away from the follies of your ancestors, you followed in the Master's steps. You were enriched with 

divine gifts, glorious Adrian, and so we ask you to be generous with us. 

Kontakion Tone 4 Tailing to heart the words of your holy wife, Adrian, you desired to give your life for 

Christ. You and your wife both received the crown, O martyr! 

Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 27: St. Poeman, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 You irrigated the desert with your tears, and you bore fruit a hundred-fold from your 
heart. You were a light to the worid, radiating miracles! Beg Christ to save our souls. Father Poeman! 
Kontakion Tone 4 Today we celebrate the memory of your glorious deeds, and the feast fills our hearts 
with joy, venerable Father. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 28: St. Moses, Monk 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 1 A desert dweller! An angel in the flesh! You have been give to us as a 

wonderworker. Receiving heavenly gifts through fasting, God-Bearing Father Moses, you heal the sick 

by prayer and fasting, and those who come afflicted to you. Glory to Him Who gave you this power! 

Glory to Him Who crowned you! Glory to Him Who heals us through you! 

Kontakion Tone 4 You upbraided your people and spat on the devil, and brought them light brighter 

than the sun. You guide our souls by the light of your life and thought. 

Stichera from For a Monk. 
Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 29: The Beheading of St. John the Forerunner 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 2 The remembrance of the Just is worthy of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient 

for you, O Forerunner; for it has shown that you are indeed more worthy of honor than the Prophets. You 



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were found worthy to baptize the Lord Whom you foretold. Thereafter, you suffered for the truth and, 
rejoicing, also announced the good news to those in the Abyss that God had appeared as man taking 
away the sins of the world and granting to all of us the abundance of mercy. 

Kontakion Tone 5 The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was part of God's saving plan that the 
Coming of the Savior might be announced even to those in the Abyss. Weep then, Herodias, that you 
asked for a wicked murder, because you ioved neither God's law not eternal life, but only the passing 
pleasure of life. 

Stichera 

While the birthday of the shameless Herod was being celebrated, the oath made to the lustful dancer 
was fulfilled; the head of the Forerunner was cut off and offered on a platter to those at table. What a 
loathsome banquet, filled with wickedness and horrible murder. As for us, let us worthily venerate and 
bless the Baptizer, for he is the greatest man bom of woman. 
Glory be. ..now and ever... Repeat above. 

Sessional Hymns 

Let us gather together, O believers, and in unison praise him who was the mediator between law and 
grace; for he came and preached repentance to us, and with courage he openly denounced Herod, and 
thus he was beheaded. Now dwelling with the angels, he intercedes with Christ for our salvation. 
Glory be.. .now and ever.. .We are celebrating today your spendid memory. We entreat you, O 
Forerunner, to fittingly beseech the Savior and Lord to grant forgiveness to everyone. 

August 30: Sts. Alexander, John and Paul, Patriarchs 

Troparia 

Troparion from For Several Hierarchs. 

Kontakion Tone 8 These glorious saints were inflamed with love for Christ, and shouldered His cross 

with zeal and fervor. They imitated His life and entered His glory. Standing before His throne, 

Alexander, John and Paul, pray for the salvation of our souls! 

Stichera from For Several Hierarchs. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

August 31: The Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos 

Troparia 

Troparion Tone 8 O perfect virgin Theotokos! O Protection of mankind! By giving this city your sacred 
belt, you have given it a lasting treasure. Both nature and time were regenerated thorugh you. For this 
we ask peace for the city and mercy for our souls from you, who gave birth to God without seed. 
Kontakion Tone 2 Your sacred belt once encircled the womb which held God. Now it has become a 
wall of protection around the city. It is a lasting treasure for the saints, O Theotokos! 

Stichera from For the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. 

Sessional Hymns from the weekday. 

Addendum: Additional Feastdays 

All Sessional Hymns from the weekdays, unless otherwise indicated. 

September 
September 1 



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Synaxis of the Theotokos in Missina Tropan'a and Stichera from For the Holy Theotokos and Ever- 
Virgin Mary. 

Sts. Aithelas and His Companions, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 
Sts. Callistus, Evodius and l-lemriogenes, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 
St. Joshua, Prophet Troparia and Stichera from For a Prophet. 

September 2 
St. John of the Fast, Patriarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

September 3 
St. Theoktistus, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

September 4 

St. Babilas, Hieromartyr, and His Companions Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 
Sts. Hermione and Eutychia, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

September 6 
Sts. Eudoxiua and His Companions, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

September 9 
St. Severianus, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

September 13 
St. Cornelius, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 

September 22 
St. Jonas, Prophet Troparia and Stichera from For a Prophet 

October 

October 1 

St. Ananias, Apostle Troparia and Stichera from For an Apostle. 

St. Roman the Hymnographer, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

October 2 

St. Justina, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 

St. Andreas, Fool-for-Christ, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

October 3 

St. Dionysius, Hieromartyr, and His Companions Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 



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October 4 
St. Hierotheus, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 

October 9 
Sts. Andronicus and Athanasia, Confessors Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

October 11 
St. Theophan, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

October 12 
St. Comas, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

October 14 

Sts. Nazarius, Gervase, Protase and Celsus, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several 

Martyrs. 

St. Vitalis, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

October 15 

St. Lucian, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
St. Teresa of Avila, Nun Troparia and Stichera from For a Nun. 

October 17 

St. Osee, Prophet Troparia and Stichera from For a Prophet 

October 19 

St. Varus, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

St. Sadoth, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 

October 23 

St. Ignatius, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

October 27 

Sts. Capitolina and Erotheides, Woman-Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Woman- 
Martyrs. 

October 28 

Sts. Terentius and Neonila and their Children, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several 

Martyrs. 

St. Stephen of Sabbas, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

October 29 

Sts. Abram and Mary, Confessors Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 



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October 30 

St. Peter, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

Sts. AsterJus, Claudius, Neon and Theonilla, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera froiD For Several 

Martyrs. 

Sts. Terentius, Mark, Justus and Artem, Apostles Troparia and Stichera from For Several Apostles. 

October 31 

St. Epimachus, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

November 

November 3 
The Renovation of the Church of St. George Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

November 4 
Sts. Nicander and Hermas, Hieromartyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Hieromartyrs. 

November 7 
St. Lazarus, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

November 9 

Sts. Onesiphorus and Porphyrius, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

November 11 

St. Stephenida, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

St. Theodore the Studite, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

November 12 

St. John the Almoner, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
St. Nilus, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

November 19 
St. Bariam, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

November 20 
St. Proclus, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

November 22 
St. Caecilia, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 



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November 24 
St. Mercurius the Great, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

November 25 
St. Peter, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 

November 27 
St. Palladius, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(5). 

November 29 

St. Bessarion, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
St. Acacius, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

December 

December 1 

St. Filaret the Almsgiver, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 
St. Ananias, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

December 3 
St. Theodulus, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

December 4 

St. John Damascene, Doctor of the Church Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

December 12 

The Mother of God of Guadalupe Troparia and Stichera from For the Holy Theotokos and Ever- 
Virgin Mary 

December 13 

Sts. Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius and Orestes, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For 
Several Martyrs. 

December 14 

St. John of the Cross, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

December 15 

St. Paul of Latra, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 
St. Stephen, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

December 26 

St. Euthymius, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 



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December 27 

St. Theodore, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

December 28 

St. Domna, Martyr Tropan'a and Stichera from For a Martyr 

December 29 

St. Marcellus, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

December 30 

St. Zoticus, Presbyter Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

January 

January 3 

St. Gordius, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

January 4 

St. Theoktistus, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

January 8 

St. Dominika, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

Sts. Juliana and Basilissa, Woman-Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Woman- 
Martyrs. 

January 9 

St. Eustratjus, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

January 10 

St. Dometian, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
St. Marcian, Presbyter Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

January 21 

St. Neophitus, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

Sts. Eugene, Canidius, Valerian and Aquilas, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several 

Martyrs. 

January 22 

St. Anastasius, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 



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January 23 
St. Agathangel, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

January 26 
Sts, Theodore and Joseph, Monks Troparia and Stichera from For Several Monks. 

January 29 

Sts. Roman, James, Philotheus and Aphraates, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several 
Martyrs. 

January 30 
St. Hippolytus, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 

February 
February 4 
St. Jador, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

February 8 
St. Zacharias, Prophet Troparia and Stichera from For a Prophet 

February 10 
St. Scholastica, Nun Troparia and Stichera from For a Nun. 

February 14 
St. Auxentius, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

February 16 
St. Flavianus, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

February 17 
St. Mariamna, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

February 20 

St. Sadok, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 
St. Agatho, Pope of Rome Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

February 21 

St. Eustacius, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 



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February 22 

Sts. Peter and Athanasius, Martyrs Tropan'a and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

February 26 

St. Porphyrius, Hierarch Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

St. Photina, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 

March 

March 4 

Sts. Paul and Juliana, Martyrs Tropaha and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

March 7 

St. Paul the Simple, Monk Tropaha and Stichera from For a Monk. 

March 12 

St. Theophan, Martyr Tropaha and Stichera from For a Martyr 

March 14 

St. Alexander, Hieromartyr Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 

March 16 

St. Julian, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

St. Alexander, Hieromartyr Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 

March 18 

Sts. Alexandra, Claudia and Evphrasia, Woman-Martyrs Tropaha and Stichera from For Several 
Woman-Martyrs. 

March 19 

St. Thomas, Hierarch Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

March 24 

St. Artemius, Hierarch Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

St. Artemon, Hieromartyr Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 

March 28 
Sts. Jonas and Barachisius, Martyrs Tropaha and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

March 30 
St. John the Silent, Hierarch Tropaha and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 



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April 

April 3 
St. TheodosJa, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 

April 4 
St. Platon, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

April 6 
St. Eutyches, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

April 8 

St. Celestine, Pope of Rome Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

April 14 

Sts. Anthony, John and Eustathius, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

April 15 

St. Sabbas Gothinus, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

Sts. Basilissa and Anastasia, Woman-Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Woman- 
Martyrs. 

April 17 

St. Acacius, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

St. Agapitus, Pope of Rome Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

April 18 

St. Comas, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 
St. John, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

April 19 
St. Paphnutius, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

April 21 
St. Theodore, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

April 22 

Sts. nathanael, Luke and Clement, Apostles Troparia and Stichera from For Several Apostles. 
St. Vitaiius, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

April 23 

St. Alexandra, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 



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April 26 
St. Graphyra, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr. 

April 27 
St. Stephen, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

April 28 
Sts. Maximus, Dadas and Quinctillianus, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

April 29 
St. Memnon, Wonderworker Troparia and Stichera from For Charitable and Wonderworkers. 

May 
Mays 
Sts. Timothy and Maurus, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

May 5 
St. Nicephorus, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

May 7 
St. Acacius, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

May 8 
St. Arsenius the Great, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

May 9 

St. Isaias, Prophet Troparia and Stichera from For a Prophet 
St. Christopher, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 

May 13 
St. Alexander, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

May 15 
St. Isaiah, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

May 16 
Sts. Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 



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June 

June 2 
St. Alexander, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

June 3 
St. Paula, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 

June 6 
St. Hilalrion the Newer, Monk Troparia and Stichera from For a Monk. 

June 8 
St. Ephrem, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

June 9 

Sts. Thecia, Martha and Mary, Woman-Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Woman- 
Martyrs. 

June 13 
St. Trephilius, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

June 14 
St. Methodius, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

June 17 

Sts. Isaurus, Basil, Innocent, Jeremias and their Companions, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from 
For Several Martyrs. 

June 19 

St. Zosimus, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr. 

July 

July 2 
St. Juvenal, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

July 3 
St. Anatolius, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

July 4 
St. Martha, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 



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July 7 
St. Cyriaca, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr. 

July 21 
St. Ezechiel, Prophet Troparia and Stichera from For a Prophet 

July 23 
St. Apollynaria, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 

July 24 
St. Christina, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 

July 26 
St. Parasceva, Woman-Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Woman-Martyr 

July 28 
St. Innocentius, Pope of Rome Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 

July 29 

Sts. Seraphina, Theodotia and Her Children, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several 
Martyrs. 

August 

August 1 

Sts. Abim, Antonin, Gurius, Eliazar, Evseon, Alim, Marcell, Solomonia and Eleazar, Martyrs 
Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

August 2 
St. Stephen, Pope of Rome, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr. 

August 7 
St. Pulcheria the Empress, Confessor Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

August 12 
St. Clare, Nun Troparia and Stichera from For a Nun. 

August 16 
St. Diomidius, Martyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Martyr 



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August 17 
Sts. Paul and Jiiliana, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

August 19 
Sts. Timothy, Agapius and Thecia, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several Martyrs. 

August 20 
St. Stephen, King of Hungary Troparia and Stichera from For a Confessor(s). 

August 21 

Sts. Bassa, Theogonius, Agapius, and Fidelis, Martyrs Troparia and Stichera from For Several 
Martyrs. 

August 23 
St. Iraeneus, Hieromartyr Troparia and Stichera from For a Hieromartyr 

August 25 
St. Titus, Apostle Troparia and Stichera from For an Apostle. 

August 28 
St. Augustine of Hyppo, Hierarch Troparia and Stichera from For a Hierarch. 




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Divine Liturgy of StJ ohn Chrysostom 

LITURGY OF PREPARATION 

The priest who is about to celebrate the divine mystery must be reconciied with aii men 
and have nothing against any one. As much as possible, he must have kept his heart 
free from all evil thoughts; he must have fasted according to ecclesiastical law. 

When the time is come, the priest bows in the usual manner before the superior or, in his 
absence before his throne, and goes into the body (solea) of the church. He makes three 
reverences towards the east before the holy doors. 

When the priest celebrates the Liturgy without a deacon, all the parts printed in italics 
are omitted. 

If several priests concelebrate, only one of them performs the office of preparation, the 
others saying nothing of it except prayers of offering, God, our God. 

PRAYERS BEFORE THE HOLY DOORS 

God, be propitious to me a sinner and liave mercy on me (Tliree times). 

Deacon: Give tine blessing, Fatlier. 

Priest: Blessed is our God at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. 

HEAVENLY KING, Consoler, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, 

the Treasury of blessings and the Giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us of all 

stain, and save our souls, Good One. 

Deacon: Holy is God! Holy the Mighty One! Holy the Immortal One! Have mercy on us 
(Three times)) 

-- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

-- All-H oly Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. M aster, pardon our 
transgressions. Holy One, look upon us and heal our infirmities for your name's sake. 

-- Lord, have mercy. (Three times). 

-- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

OUR FATHER, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. They kingdom come, thy will 
be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our 
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 

Priest: For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son 
and the Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 

Deacon: Amen. 



Deacon: Have mercy on us, Lord. Have mercy on us. At a loss for any defense, we 
sinners offer this prayer to You, tine |V| aster: liave mercy on us. 

P riest: G lory be to the F ather and to the S on and to the H oly S pirit. 

Deacon: Lord, have mercy on us, for we have put our trust in You: Rise not in anger 
against us, remember not our transgressions, but in the depth of your mercy look upon 
us even now and save us from our enemies: for You are our God and we are your 
people, we are all the work of your hands and we constantly call upon your name. 

Priest: Now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

Deacon: Blessed Mother of God, open the portal of your deep mercy to us who put our 
trust in you, so that we may not be brought to confusion, but through you may be 
delivered from adversity, for you are the salvation of the Christian fold. 

They go before the icon of Christ, and bowing in worship, they say: 

Priest: Before your most pure image we bow in worship, good One, begging 
forgiveness for our stumblings, Christ God: because You chose of your own free will to 
ascend upon the cross in the flesh in order to deliver from the enemy's yoke those You 
had created. For this reason we cry out to You in thanksgiving: 'You, our Savior have 
filled all things with joy when You came to save the world." 

And they /c/ss the icon of Christ Then they go before the icon of the Mother of God and 
say the troparion: 

P riest: M other of G od, since you became a fountain of mercy, count us worthy of your 
compassion; look upon a people that has sinned, show forth your power as you always 
do. Because we have put our trust in you, we hail you as once did Gabriel, the captain of 
the angels. 

And they /c/ss the icon of the Theotolcos, then bow their heads. 

Priest: Lord, stretch forth your hand from your dwelling place on high, and strengthen me 
for your ministry now forthcoming, so that I may stand without condemnation before your 
awesome judgment seat and complete the unbloody sacrifice. For yours is the power 
and the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

Both priest and deacon make three reverences before the holy doors, then bow to the 
two choirs, and so they go into the sanctuary, the priest through the north door and the 
deacon through the south door, saying as they go: 

I SHALL ENTER into your dwelling place; 
before your holy temple I shall bow 
in fear of You. 

Lord, be my guide in your justice 
because of those who oppress me: 
make my way level before your sight. 



Indeed, in their moutli tliere is no trutli; 
in tlieir lieart, tliere is notliing but decay. 

Tlieir tliroat is but a gaping tomb, 
wliile tlieir tongue is lioneyed. 

Be You tlieir judge, God: 

may tliey founder in tlieir evil plots. 

Cast them Out, for their crimes are countless, 
and they have risen against You, Lord. 

But as for those who put their trust in You, 
they shall rejoice and feast forevermore 

You will dwell among them, 

and all who love your name shall rejoice. 

For You, Lord, do bless the just 

and do cover him as with a shield of grace. 

Once in the sanctuary, they make three reverences before the holy table and the holy 
Gospel book, saying: 

God, be propitious to me a sinner and have mercy on me (Three times). 

VESTING OF THE DEACON 

The deacon, holding his liturgical vestments on the palm of his right hand, comes to the 
priest and, bowing his head, says: 

Deacon: Bless the sticharion and the orarion. Father. 

Priest: Blessed is our God + at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. 

Deacon: Amen. 

The deacon kisses the right hand of the priest Then he withdraws to another part of the 
sanctuary and puts on his vestments saying the Proper Prayers. 

My soul shall rejoice in the Lord, for He has clothed me with a robe of salvation and 
covered me with a tunic of happiness; H e has crowned me as a bridegroom and as a 
bride, adorned me with jewels. 

And he l<isses the orarion (prayer stole and puts it on his left shoulder, saying nothing. 
Then he slips the epimanikia (cull's) over his hands. For the right hand he says: 

Your right hand. Lord, is made glorious in might; your right hand. Lord, has crushed the 
enemies; and in the fullness of your glory. You have routed the adversary. 

And for the left: 



Your hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding and I shall learn 
your commandments. 

Then, going to the prothesis (altar of offering), he arranges the holy objects, each in its 
proper place. 

VESTING OF THE PRIEST 

The priest likewise, vests. Taking In his right hand the tunic and making three 
reverences toward the east as above, he blesses it: 

Blessed is our God + at all times, now and always arid for ever and ever. Amen. 

Then he puts it on, saying: 

My soul shall rejoice in the Lord, for He has clothed me with a robe of salvation arid 
covered me with a tunic of happiness; H e has crowned me as a bridegroom arid 
adorned me with jewels as a bride. 

Then, taking the epitrachelion, (stole), he blesses and kisses it and puts it on saying: 

Blessed is God +who pours out grace upon his priests: as the chrism upon the head, 
which ran down unto the beard, the beard of Aaron, ran down even to the hem of his 
garment, at all times, now arid always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

Then, taking the zone (cincture), lie blesses it and girds himself saying: 

Blessed is God +who girds me with strength arid makes my way blameless arid 
strengthens my feet like the hart's, at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. 
Amen. 

He blesses and kisses the epimanikia, then pulls them on, saying for the right hand: 

Your right hand, +Lord, is made glorious in might; your right hand. Lord, has crushed 
the enemies; and in the fullness of your glory. You have routed the adversary. 

And for the left: 

Your hands + have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding and I shall learn 
your commandments. 

Then, taking the epigonation (genual) if he has the proper ecclesiastical title, he blesses 
and kisses it and puts it on, saying: 

Gird your sword + at your side. Mighty One, in your splendor and beauty. String your 
bow; go forth, reign for the sake of truth, meekness arid righteousness. Your right hand 
shall lead You wonderfully, at all times, now arid always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

Finally, taking the phelonion (chasuble), he blesses and kisses it and puts it on saying: 



Your priests +, Lord, shall clothe themselves with righteousness, and your saints shall 
rejoice in joy, at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

WASHING OF THE HANDS 

After that priest and deacon go to the basin and wash their hands, saying: 

I SHALL WASH MY HANDS in innocence. Lord, 

and go around your altar; 

I shall listen to the sound of your praise 

and declare all your wonderful works. 

Lord, I love this house, your dwelling place 

and the tent where your glory abides. 

Link not my souls with the lost ones, 
nor my life with men of blood 

They carry shame within their hands 
and their right hand is filled with bribes. 

As for me, I have walked in my innocence: 
redeem me and have mercy on me. 

My foot is set upon the rightful road: 
in the assemblies, I will bless You, Lord. 

CEREMONY OF PREPARATION 

OF THE OBLATIONS OR PROTHESIS 

And thus they go to the altar of offering and malce three reverences before it, saying: 

God, be propitious to me a sinner and have mercy on me (Three limes). 

The deacon wipes the dislcos and chalices. 

Priest: You have redeemed us from the curse of the law by your precious blood: by 
being nailed to the cross and wounded with the lance. You have become for men the 
fountain of immortality : glory to You, our Savior. 

Deacon: Bless, Master. 

Blessed is our God + at all times, now and always and for ever band ever. Amen. 

The deacon, standing at the right hand of the priest and holding his orarion with the 
three fingers of his right hand, points to the bread. The priest takes in his left hand the 
prosphora, and in his right the holy lance, and blessing the bread three times over the 
seal. He says: 

In remembrance of our Lord and God and SaviorJ esus Christ (Three times) 



Then he thrusts the holy lance into the right side of the seal and nnakes an incision, 
saving: 

As a sheep, He was led to the slaughter. 

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 

And into the leftside, saying: 

As a spotless lamb silent before its shearer, He opens not his mouth. 

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 

Into the top of the seal, saying: 

In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away. 

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 

And into the bottom, saying: 

And who shall declare his generation? 

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 

And the priest thrusting the holy lance obliquely into the right side of the bread, lifts out 
the amnos (lamb). 

Deacon: Lift up. Master. 

For his life was taken away from the earth. 

And he puts it upside down on the diskos (paten). 

Deacon: Immolate, Master. 

The priest immolates by cutting it crosswise and says: 

The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world is immolated for the life and 
salvation of the world. 

Deacon: Pierce, Master. 

And he turns it over, with the side bearing the cross upwards, and pierces it on the right 
side, below the letters I C, and says: 

One of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance, and at once there came forth blood and 
water; and he who saw it bore witness, and his witness is true. 

The deacon pours wine into the poterion (chalice), together with a few drops of water, 
and says to the priest: 



Deacon: Bless this holy union, Father. 

And the priest blesses it and says: 

Blessed + is the union of your holy things, at all times, now and always and for ever and 
ever. Amen. 

Tlien tlie priest talces a second prosplnora and says: 

In honor and memory of our most highly blessed and glorious Lady the Mother of God 
and ever-virgin Mary, through whose prayers do You, Lord, receive this sacrifice upon 
your altar in heaven. 

He removes a particle and places it at the right hand of the lamb, near the center of it 
and says: 

At your right stood the Queen, clothed in an embroidered mantle of gold. 

Note also that if a bishop is celebrating the Liturgy, the priest does not complete the rite 
of preparation, but after removing the particles of the Mother of God and those of the 
saints, he covers the paten and the chalice with the aer, saying nothing. The celebrating 
bishop says the remainder, completing the rite of preparation. The cherubic hymn is then 
sung before the great entrance. 

Then, taking a third prosphora, he removes from it a first particle and says: 

In honor and memory of the great captains of the angelic armies, Michael and Gabriel, 
and of all the heavenly bodiless powers. 

And he places it to the left of the lamb, close to it and opposite the particle of the Mother 
of God, thus beginning the first row. 

Of the honorable and glorious prophet and forerunner] ohn the Baptist. Of the holy 
glorious prophets Moses and Aaron, Ellas and Eliseus, David son of J esse; of the Three 
Holy Youths and the prophet Daniel, and of all the holy prophets. 

And he places it just below the first Then he removes a third particle and says: 

Of the holy, glorious and illustrious apostles P eter and P aul and of all the holy apostles. 

And he places it just below the second, thus completing the first row. Then he removes a 
fourth particle and says: 

Of our fathers among the saints the great pontiffs and universal doctors Basil the great, 
Gregory the Theologian and J ohn Chrysostom; Athanasius and Cyril, Nicholas of Myra, 
The holy hieromartyrj osaphat, Nikita, Bishop of Novgorod and Leontius, Bishop of 
Rostov. Cyril and Methodius, the Teachers of the Slavs, and of all holy pontiffs. 

And he places it next to the first, thus beginning the second raw. Then he removes a fifth 
particle and says: 



Of the holy first martyr and archdeacon Stephen; of the holy great martyrs Demetrius, 
George and Theodore of Tyre, and of all holy martyrs. Of the holy women martyrs 
Thecia, Barbara, Cyriaca. Euphemia, Parasceva and Catherine, and of all holy women 
martyrs. 

And he places it below the first of the second row. Then he removes a sixth particle and 
says: 

Of our saintly fathers the God-bearers Anthony, Euthymius, Sabbas, Onupbrius, 
Athanasius of Athos, Anthony and Theodore of the Caves, Sergius of Radonets and 
Barlaam of Khutintk and of all the saintly fathers. Of our venerable mothers in God 
Pelagia, Theodosia, Anastasia, Eupraxia, Febronia, Theodulia, Euphrosyne, Mary of 
Egypt and of all holy and venerable mothers. 

And he places it below the second of the second row, thus completing this row. Then he 
removes a seventh particle and says: 

Of the holy wonderworkers laboring without pay Cosmas and Damian, Cyrus andj ohn, 
Pantaleimon and Hermolaus, and of all the holy ones laboring without pay. 

And he places it next to the fourth, thus beginning the third row. Then he removes an 
eighth particle and says: 

Of the holy and righteous ancestors of G od J oachim and Anne, (of the patron saint of 
the church or monastery, and of the saint of the day) of the holy grand duke Vladimir, the 
Equal of the Apostles and of all the saints, through whose prayers visit us, God. 

And he places it below the first of the third row. Having done this, he removes a ninth 
particle and says: 

Of our father among the saints J ohn C hrysostom. Archbishop of C onstantinople. 

And he places it at the bottom of the third row, thus completing it Then, taking a fourth 
prosphora and removing a particle from it he says: 

Remember, Master who love mankind, all Orthodox Bishops, our Patriarch N., our Most 
R everend B ishop N ., the reverend priests, the deacons in C hrist and all the clergy, (in 
monasteries, our Superior N.,) our brothers and fellow ministers, priests, deacons, and 
all our brethren whom in the depth of your compassion You have called to communion 
with You, all-good Master. 

And he places it beneath the lamb, thus beginning the first of the bottom rows. Then he 
commemorates by name those of the living whom he will, first the bishop who ordained 
him. if still alive. For each name he removes a particle and says: 

Remember, Lord, N. 

And he places itatthe leftofthe preceding particle of the bottom row, and so on, until 
this row is completed. Finally, taking a fifth prosphora and removing a particle from it he 
says: 



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In memory and for the remission of sins of tine blessed founders of this holy church (or 
monastery). 

And he places it beneath the first particle of the preceding row. Then he commemorates 
by name those of the dead whom he will, first the bishop who ordained him, if no longer 
all i.e. For each name, he removes a particle and says: 

Remember, Lord, N. 

And he places itatthe leftofthe preceding one. Then, removing another particle, he 
says: 

Remember all our Orthodox Fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep in the hope of 
resurrection to eternal life and in communion with You, Lord who love mankind. 

And he places itatthe left (if the preceding one. The deacon likewise remembers wham 
he will of the living and the dead. Then the priest removes a final particle and says: 

Remember also. Lord, my unworthiness and pardon my transgressions, deliberate and 
indeliberate. 

And he places itatthe leftofthe preceding one, thus completing the final row. The 
priest blessing the censer recites the Prayer of Incensing: 

Deacon: B less the incense, M aster. Let us pray to the Lord. 

WE OFFER YOU incense, Christ our God, for an odor of spiritual fragrance: receive it on 
your altar in heaven, and send down on us in return the grace of your All-Holy Spirit. 

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 

And having incensed the asteriskos (star cover), the priest places it over the holy bread 
and says: 

And the star came and stood over the place where the child was. 
Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. Adorn, M aster. 

And having incensed the first veil, the priest covers the holy bread with it and says: 

THE LORD IS KING, He has put on splendor; 
the Lord has put on might and has girded Himself, 
For He has strengthened the universe 
so that it cannot be moved. 

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. Veil, M aster. 

And having incensed the second veil, the priest covers the holy chalice and says: 

Your power, Christ, has covered the heavens and the earth is filled with your praise. 



Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. Cover, Master. 

Having incensed the third veil, called the aer, the priest places it over both and says: 

C over us over with the cover of your wings; drive away from us every alien and enemy; 
mal<e life peaceful for us. Lord, have mercy on us and on your world, and save our 
souls, Good One who love mankind. 

Then the priest taking the censer, incenses the offering three times, saying: 

Priest: Blessed are You, our God, who were pleased so to do. Glory to You. 
Deacon: Now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. (Three times). 

And he bows respectfully three times, and says: 

With a view to the offering of the precious gifts, let us pray to the Lord. 

BLESSING OF THE HOLY GIFTS 

And the priest says the Prayer of Offering: 

GOD, OUR GOD, who sent forth the heavenly bread, food for the whole world, our 
Lord and G od J esus C hrist as a S avior, R edeemer and B enefactor to bless and hallow 
us: be pleased to bless this offering and to accept it on your altar m heaven. In your 
goodness and love for mankind, remember both those who offer it and those for whom it 
is offered; hold us uncondemned in the celebration of your divine mysteries, for hallowed 
and glorified is your most noble and magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and 
the Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

Then he malces the dismissal, saying: 

Glory to You, Christ God, our hope, glory to You. 

If it is S unday: 

Priest: He who is risen from the dead, Christ our true God... 

Othenvise: 

Christ our true God, through the prayers of his all-pure Mother, of our father among the 

saints J ohn Chrysostorn, Archbishop of Constantinople, (If the Liturgy of Basil the Great 

is being celebrated, he remembers him instead: of our father among the Saints Basil the 

Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia,) and of all the saints, have mercy on us 

and save us, for He is the Good One and loves mankind. 

Deacon: Amen. 

The deacon censes the prothesis three times, then the holy table cross-wise in a circle, 
saying: 

BEING GOD, You were present in the tomb by your body, and yet in Hades by your 
soul, in Paradise with the thief, and on the throne, Christ, with the Father and the Holy 
Spirit, filling all things but encompassed by none. 




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Then the deacon incenses the sanctuary, the holy icons and the whole nave, he recites 
Psalm 50. Then he puts back the censer in its place. 

LITURGY OF THE WORD 

Standing before the holy table, the deacon extends his hands in prayer while the priest 
says: 

HEAVENLY KING, Consoler, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, 
the Treasury of blessings and the Giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us of all 
stain, and save our souls, Good One. 

Then, making three reverences they say: 

Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will to men (Twice). 
Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise 

Then the priest kisses the holy Gospel book and the holy table and the deacon kisses 
the holy table. They say to each other: 

Deacon: It is time to sacrifice to the Lord. M aster, give the blessing. 

Priest: Blessed is our God at all times now and always and forever and ever. Amen. 

Deacon: Master, pray for me. 

P riest: M ay the Lord direct your steps to every good deed. 

Deacon: Master, remember me. 

P riest: M ay the Lord G od remember you in his kingdom at all times, now and always and 

for ever and ever. 

Deacon: Amen 

LITANY OF PEACE 

The deacon leaves the sanctuary through the north door and, standing in the solea 
before the holy doors, he makes three reverences saying with each: Lord, you will 
open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise. R aising the orarion he says: 

Deacon: Give the blessing. Father. 

The deacon removes his kamelavkion. The priest lifting the holy Gospel book and 

making with it the sign of the cross, answers aloud: 

BLESSED IS THE KINGDOM + of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and 
always and for ever and ever 

All. Amen. 

The deacon puts on his kamelavkion. On Pascha he goes in the south door, presents 
the censer for blessing and gives it to the priest He then takes the paschal candle and 
stands to the right of the priest The clergy sing Christ is risen... once, the people sing it 
twice. The priest preceded by the deacon, makes the great incensation intoning the 
Easter verses. After they return the deacon replaces the Paschal candle and goes to his 
normal place. 



On other Sundays of the Pascal season the deacon remains on the solea while the 

clergy sing Christ is risen... once. 

Then the deacon intones the litany of peace 

IN PEACE let us 

pray to the Lord 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- F or peace from on high and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- For peace in the whole world, the well being of the holy Churches of God and the 
union of all, let us pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- For this holy place and for those who enter it with faith, reverence and fear of God, let 
us pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- F or our most reverend B ishop N ., the reverend priests, the deacons in C hrist and for 
all the clergy, and the people, let us pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- For our public servants, for the government and for all who protect us, that they may 
be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- For this city, for every city and country, place and the faithful dwelling in them, let us 
pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- For favorable weather, an abundance of the fruits of the earth and for peaceful times, 
let us pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- For the travelers by sea, air and land, for the sick, the suffering, for those in prison, 
and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- F or our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Let us remember our all-holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious Lady the 
Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, and commend ourselves and one 



another and our whole life to Christ God. 
All: To You, Lord. 

Then the Prayer of the First Antiphon 

LORD OUR GOD whose power is without compare, whose glory is incomprehensible, 
whose mercy is beyond measure and whose love for mankind is beyond word: be 
pleased. Master, in the depth of your compassion, to look down on us and on this holy 
place, and make us and those praying with us obtain the riches of your mercies and your 
tender pity. (Aloud:) For all glory, honor and worship, are your due. Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

And the singers intone the first antiphon or the first psaim of the typica. As soon as the 
singing begins, the deacon malces a reverence and, leaving his place, goes and stands 
before the icon of Christ looking towards the icon of the Mother of God and holding the 
orarion with three fingers of the right hand. 

FIRST ANTIPHON 

Sunday (Ordinary) Weekdays (Ordinary) 

(in Slavic Churches) (Ps. 91: 2, 3, 16) 

Reader: Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the Reader: It is good to give thanks to the 
earth, sing praise to his name. Lord, and to sing praises to your name, 

MostHigh. 

All: Through the prayers of the Mother of God, Savior, save us! 

2. Say to God: "How awesome are your 2. To proclaim your mercy in the morning, 
deeds! So great is your power that your and your faithfulness throughout the night, 
enemies cringe before You. 

All: Through the prayers of the Mother of God, Savior, save us! 

3. Let all the earth worship You and sing 3. For the Lord our God is upright, and 
praises to You; let it sing praises to your there is no wrong in Him. 

name, MostHigh! 

All: Through the prayers of the M other of G od, S avior, save us ! 

- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

All: Through the prayers of the M other of G od, S avior, save us ! 

Upon completion of the first antiphon, the deacon goes to his usual place, makes a 
reverence and says aloud: 

- Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 



- Let us remember our all-holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious Lady the 
Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, and commend ourselves and one 
another and our whole life to Christ God. 

All: To You, Lord. 

Prayer of the Second Antiphon: 

LORD OUR GOD, save your people and bless your inheritance, safeguard the 
fullness of your C hurch in peace, sanctify those who love the beauty of your house; m 
return, raise them to glory by your divine power and do not forsake us who put our hope 
in You, God. (Aloud:) For yours is the dominion, and yours is the kingdom and the 
power and the glory, of the F ather and the S on and the H oly S pirit, now and always and 
for ever and ever. 

All: Amen. 

And in like manner, tlie singers intone tine second antiplion or tine second psalm of the 
typica. And the deacon does the same as with the first antiphon. 

SECOND ANTIPHON 

Sunday (Ordinary) Weekdays (Ordinary) 

(in Slavic Churches) (Ps.92:l, 5) 

Reader: Be gracious to us, God, and Reader: The Lord reigns. He is clothed in 

bless us; let your face shine upon us, and majesty; robed is the Lord and girt about 

have mercy on us. with strength. 

All: Son of God who are risen from the All: Through the prayers of your saints, 
dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! Savior, save us! 

2. That your name may be known upon 2. For He has made the world firm, which 
earth, among all nations your salvation. shall not be moved. 

All: Son of God who are risen from the All: Through the prayers of your saints, 
dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! Savior, save us! 

3. Let the peoples praise You, God, let all 3. Your decrees are worthy cf trust indeed; 
the peoples praise You. holiness befits your house, Lord, for 

length of days. 

All: Son of God who are risen from the All: Through the prayers of your saints, 
dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! Savior, save us! 

- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

ONLY BEGOTTEN SON and Word of God, immortal as you are. You condescended for 
our salvation to take flesh from the Holy Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, and 
without undergoing change. You became Man; You were crucified, Christ God, and 
crushed death by your death; You are One of the Holy Trinity, equal in glory with the 
Father and the Holy Spirit: save us! 



Atthe words One of the Holy Trinity, the deacon bows to the icon ofChristand. returning 
to his customary place, malces a reverence before the holy doors. 

Deacon: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Let us remember our all-holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious Lady the 
Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, and commend ourselves and one 
another and our whole life to Christ God. 

All: To You, Lord. 

The deacon bows before the holy doors and enters the sanctuary through the south 
door. 

P rayer of the Third A ntiphon 

YOU WHO HAVE GRANTED US to pray together m harmony, and who promised that 
when two or three are gathered to call upon your name You will give what they ask do 
You now fulfill what your servants ask, so far as is good, granting us in this world the 
knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come, eternal life. (Aloud:) For You are 
good, our God, and You love mankind and we send up glory to You, to the Father and 
the S on and the H oly S pirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 

All: Amen. 

THIRD ANTIPHON 

Sunday (Ordinary) Weekdays (Ordinary) 

(in Slavic Churches) (Ps. 94: 1,2,3) 

Reader: Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us shout with joy to God our Savior. 

All: Son of God who are risen from the All: Son of God whom we admire in your 
dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! saints, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! 

2. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, and let us joyfully sing psalms to 
Him. 

All: Son of God who are risen from the All: Son of God whom we admire in your 
dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! saints, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! 

3. For God is a great Lord, and a great King over all the earth. 

All: Son of God who are risen from the All: Son of God whom we admire in your 
dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! saints, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! 

- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

All: Son of God who are risen from the All: Son of God whom we admire in your 
dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! saints, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! 



After the singing of the psaim of the third antiphon, or of the beatitudes if it is Sunday, at 
the Glory be, priest and deacon stand before the holy doors and make three reverences 
and uncover And the holy doors are opened. 

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 

LITTLE ENTRANCE 

Then the priest, taking the holy Gospel book, gives it to the deacon who kisses his hand. 
The priest lets down his phelonion. And they go from the south side behind the holy 
table and come alit through the north side, candle bearers going before them, thus 
making the little entrance. And standing at the customary place, they both bow their 
heads. 

And the priest recites the Prayer of Entrance: 

MASTER AND LORD, our God, who have established in heaven the ranl<s and armies 
of angels and archangels to minister to your glory: at our entrance, make the holy angels 
enter also, to minister with us and with us to glorify your goodness For all glory, honor 
and worship are your due. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and 
ever. Amen. 

The prayer being finished, the deacon steps a little to the south, faces north and takes 
the orarion off the gospel book. Holding the gospel in his left hand he holds the orarion 
with three fingers of the right hand, points to the east and says to the priest: 

Deacon: Bless the holy entering. Father. 

P riest: B lessed is the entering + into your holy places, at all times, now and always and 
for ever and ever. Amen. 

The deacon steps in front of the priest facing east He gives the holy Gospel book to the 
priest to kiss. The deacon in turn kisses the right hand if the priest Alter the singing of 
the beatitudes or the third antiphon, the deacon goes to the center and, standing before 
the priest, he raises his arms slightly, shows the holy Gospel book, making with it the 
sign of the cross, and says in a loud voice: 

Wisdom. + Let us stand. 

And the Entrance Hymn is sung. On weekdays: 

Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ. Son of God, wonderful among the 
saints, save us who sing to You alleluia. 

On Sundays: 

Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ. Son of God who are risen from the 

dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia! 

On major feasts, the proper Entrance Hymn is sang. 



The deacon makes a reverence, and the priest behind him, and both enter the sanctuary 
through the holy doors, and the deacon places the holy Gospel book upon the holy table. 

The singers intone the fitting troporia. 
PRAYER OF THE THRICE-HOLY HYMN 

The priest prays as follows: 

GOD THE HOLY who abide in tine saints, wliom tine serapliim praise witli tine tlirice-lioly 
liymn, wliom tine clierubim glorify, wliom all the heavenly powers worship; who brought 
all things into being out of nothingness; who created man to your own image and 
likeness and adorned him with all your favors; who give wisdom and understanding to 
anyone asking for them; who do not turn away from the sinner but have set up penance 
for salvation; who have rendered us, your lowly and worthless servants, worthy to stand 
at this time before the glory of your holy altar and to offer You due worship and praise: 
do You, Master, receive from the mouth of us sinners the thrice-holy hymn, and visit us 
in your kindness. Forgive us every transgression, deliberate and indeliberate; sanctify 
our souls and bodies; and grant that we may serve You in holiness all the days of our 
life, through the prayers of the holy Mother of God and of all the saints who have 
pleased You since the world began. 

When the singers come to the lasttroporion, the deacon holds the orarion with three 
fingers of the right hand, bows to the priest and says to him 

Deacon: Bless the time of the thrice-holy hymn. Father. 

Priest: For You are holy, -i-O our God, and we send up glory to You, to the Father and 
the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always. 

The deacon comes close to the holy doors, and pointing to those standing without he 
says in a loud voice: 

And for ever and ever. 

All: Amen. 

TRISAGION 

HOLY is God! Holy the Mighty One! Holy the Immortal One! Have mercy on us (Three 
times). 

- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

- Holy the Immortal One! Have mercy on us. 

- Holy is God! Holy the Mighty One! Holy the Immortal One! Have mercy on us. 

Deacon: Dynamis! or. With Strength! 



During the singing of the thrice-hoiy hymn both priest and deacon recite this same hymn, 
and malce together three reverences before the holy table. 

PRAYERS OF THE THRONE 

Deacon: Give the order, Father. 

and they proceed toward the throne. 

Priest: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 

Deacon: Bless this high throne, Father. 

Priest: Blessed are You on the throne of glory of your kingdom, seated upon the 

cherubim, at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

Note that it is not fitting for the priest to go up on the throne: he should sit to the side of 

it 

EPISTLE 

When the Thrice-Holy Hymn is ended: 

Deacon: Let us be attentive. 

And the reader announces the verses of the prokimenon. 

Deacon: Wisdom. 

And the reader reads the title of the epistle. 

Deacon: Let us be attentive. 
When the epistle is finished: 

Priest. Peace to you, reader. 

While the alleluia is being sung the deacon takes the censer, puts incense into it goes to 
the priest and after obtaining from him a blessing, incenses the holy table crosswise all 
around, the whole sanctuary, the icons of the iconostasis, the priest both choirs and the 
people. 

GOSPEL 

Meanwhile the priest standing before the holy table, recites the Prayer Before the 
Gospel: 

SHINE IN OUR HEARTS, Master who love mankind, the pure light of your divine 
knowledge and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the announcing of 
your G ood N ews, set in us the fear of your blessed commandments, so that, trampling 
all carnal desires, we may begin to live according to the spirit, both willing and doing 
everything for your pleasure. For You are the light of our souls and bodies, Christ God, 
and we send up glory to You and to your eternal Father and to your all-holy, good and 
life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

The deacon puts back the censer in its place and goes to the priest Bowing his head to 
him, he takes from his hands the holy Gospel book, and holding both the orarion and the 
holy Gospel book with the tips of his fingers and pointing to the holy Gospel book, he 



says: 

Bless, Father, the herald of the Gospel of the holy apostle and evangelist N. 
And the priest blesses him and says 

God grant + through the prayers of the holy and glorious apostle and evangelist N. that 
you give out the G ood N ews with great power for the fulfillment of the Gospel of his 
beloved Son, our Lord J esus Christ. 
And he gives to him the holy Gospel book. 

Deacon: Amen. 

And making a reverence towards the holy Gospel book, he takes it up. And going out 
through the holy doors, escorted by candle bearers, he proceeds to the ambo or to the 
customary place. 

The Deacon, standing before the holy table and facing the west, says aloud: 

Wisdom. Let us stand and listen to the holy Gospel. 

Priest: Peace to all. 

All: And to your spirit. 

Deacon: The holy Gospel according to N. 

All: Glory to You, Lord, glory to You! 
The priest : Let us be attentive. 
After the reading of the Gospel: 

All: Glory to You, Lord, glory to You! 

The deacon then returns to the holy doors and gives the closed Gospel book to the 

priest, and the priest receiving it says to the deacon: 

Peace to you, herald of the Gospel 

He kisses the holy Gospel book, makes with it the sign of the cross over the people, and 
places it on the holy table. 

And the holy doors are closed. 

ECUMENIC PRAYER 

The deacon, standing in his usual place, intones the litany and the choirs alternate 
answering with great reverence. 

LET US ALL SAY, with our whole soul and our whole 

mind, let us all say: 

All: Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

- Lord Almighty, God of our fathers, we pray to You, hear us and have mercy. 
All: Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

- Have mercy on us, God, in your great mercy: we pray to You, hear us and have 
mercy. 

All: Lord, have mercy (Three times). 



- Again we pray for our Most Reverend Bishop N., and for tine reverend clergy, let us 
pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

- Again we pray for our brothers the priests, the deacons, the monks and nuns, and for 
all our brothers in Christ. 

All: Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

- Again, we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness and 
remission of sins for the servants of G od who live in this city (or village, or for the 
brethren of this holy monastery). 

All: Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

- Again, we pray for the blessed and ever to be remembered founders of this holy 
church (or monastery,) and for our Orthodox Fathers and brethren who have gone 
before us and who here or elsewhere have been laid to pious rest. 

All: Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

Here, a special petition for tine dead may be added in Slavic Churches. 

- Again, we pray for those who bear offerings, those who do good works in this holy and 
most venerable church, those who toil, those who sing and all the people here present 
who await from You great and abundant mercy. 

All: Lord, have mercy (Three times) 

- Wisdom. 

And the priest recites the prayer of the Ecumenic Supplication: 

LORD OUR GOD, receive from your servants this insistent supplication, have mercy on 
us in the fullness of your mercy, and incline your compassion towards us and all your 
people who await from You abundant mercy. (Aloud:) For You are merciful, God, and 
you love mankind, and to You we send up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy 
Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

PRAYERS FOR THE CATECHUMENS 

Deacon: Catechumens, pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Let us faithful pray for the catechumens. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- That the Lord may have mercy on them. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- That He instruct them in the word of truth. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- That H e open to them the G ospel of righteousness. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- That He join them to his holy, catholic and apostolic Church. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Save them, have mercy on them, help them and protect them, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Catechumens, bow your heads to the Lord. 
All: To You, Lord. 



Prayer for the catechumens. 

Lord our G od dwelling on high and watching over the lowly, who sent forth S alvation to 
the human race your Only-begotten S on, G od, our Lord J esus C hris look upon your 
servants the catechumens who have bowed their heads to you, and in due time make 
them worthy of the bath of regeneration the remission of sins and the robe of 
incorruption. J oin them to your holy catholic and apostolic C hurch and number them 
among your chosen flock. (Aloud:) That with us they too may glorify your most noble and 
magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and 
for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

And the priest spreads out the iliton. 

Deacon All catechumens, depart. Catechumens, depart. All catechumens, depart. Let no 
catechumen remain. 

PRAYERS FOR THE FAITHFUL 

ALL we faithful, again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Wisdom. 

First Prayer for the Faithful. 

WE THANK YOU, Lord God of Hosts, for having made us worthy to stand at this 
moment before your holy altar, and throw ourselves on your mercies for our sins and the 
faults of the people. Accept, God, our entreaty; make us worthy to offer You prayers 
and supplications and unbloody sacrifices for all your people; and by the power of your 
Holy Spirit strengthen us whom You have appointed to this your ministry: so that at all 
times and places, without blame or offense, with the testimony of a clear conscience, we 
may call upon You; and that hearing us You may have mercy on us in the plenitude of 
your goodness. (Aloud:) For all glory, honor and worship are your due. Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

Deacon: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- H elp us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, G od, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Wisdom. 

Second Prayer for the Faithful. 

AGAIN AND MANY TIMES we fall down before You and pray You in your goodness and 
love for mankind to regard our supplications and cleanse our souls and bodies from all 
defilement of flesh and spirit, and grant that we may stand without guilt or condemnation 
before your holy altar. And upon these also who pray with us, God, bestow increase of 



life and faith and spiritual insight. Give them ever to minister to You in fear and love, to 
share without guilt or condemnation in your holy mysteries and to be made worthy of 
your heavenly kingdom. (Aloud:) That being ever protected by your power, we may send 
up glory to You, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

Then the deacon goes into the sanctuary through the south door and the holy doors are 
opened. 

LITURGY OF OFFERING 

CHERUBIC HYMN 

The choir begins to sing the Cherubic l^ymn with piety and harmony. 

WE who mystically represent the cherubim, who sing to the life-giving Trinity the thrice- 
holy hymn, let us now lay aside all earthly care... 

While the Cherubic Hymn is being sung, the priest recites the Prayer of the Cherubic 
Hymn. 

NO ONE GIVEN to carnal lusts and pleasures is worthy, King of Glory, to meet or 
approach You or to celebrate your Liturgy for to minister unto You is great and awesome 
even for the very powers of heaven. Yet, because of your ineffable and boundless love 
for mankind. You became man without undergoing change or alteration, and became our 
High Priest, and as Master of all, conferred upon us the priestly function of this Liturgy 
and unbloody sacrifice. Indeed, You alone, Lord our God, are Master of all in heaven 
and on earth. You who are seated upon the throne of the cherubim. Lord of the seraphim 
and King of Israel, You the Holy One who abide with the holy. It is You, then, I pray who 
alone are good and ready to listen. Look down upon me, your sinful and unprofitable 
servant; cleanse my soul and heart from evil thinking, and fit me with the power of your 
Holy Spirit, so that clothed with the grace of the priesthood, I may stand before this your 
holy table and consecrate your holy and spotless body and precious blood. Before You I 
come; I bow down and pray You: do not turn your face away from me, do not reject me 
from among your children, but make it right that these gifts be offered to You by me, your 
sinful and unworthy servant. For You are the One who offer and are offered, who receive 
and are distributed, Christ our God, and we send up glory to You and also to your 
eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever 
and ever. Amen. 
The priest standing with the deacon in front of the holy table recites the Cherubic Hymn. 

While the Cherubic Hymn is being song by the priest the deacon ta/ces the takes the 
candle and stands opposite the priest as the priest incenses the holy table, the 
iconostasis and the whole sanctuary. 

GOD, have mercy on me 

in the greatness of your love; 

- In the abundance of your tender mercies, 

wipe out my offense. 



- Wash me thoroughly from my malice 
and cleanse me from my sin, 

- Fori am well aware of my malice 
and my sin is before me always. 

- It is You alone I have offended, 

I have done what is evil in your sight, 

- Wherefore You are just in your deeds 
and triumphant in your judgment. 

- Behold, I was born in iniquities 
and in sins my mother conceived me, 

- But You are the Lover of Truth, 

You have shown me the depths and secrets of your wisdom. 

- Wash me with hyssop and I shall be pure, 
cleanse me and I shall be whiter than snow; 

- Let me hear sounds of joy and feasting 
the bones that were afflicted shall rejoice 

- Turn your face away from my offenses 
and wipe off all my sins. 

- A spotless heart create in me, God; 
renew a steadfast spirit in my breast. 

- Cast me not afar from your face, 
take not your blessed S pirit out of me. 

- R estore to me the joy of your salvation 
and let your guiding Spirit dwell in me. 

- I will teach your ways to the sinners 
and the wicked shall return to You. 

- Deliver me from blood guilt, God, my saving God, 
and my tongue will joyfully sing your justice. 

- Lord, You shall open my lips, 

and my mouth will declare your praise. 

- Had You desired a sacrifice, I would have offered it, 
but You will not be satisfied with whole-burnt offerings. 

- Sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; 

a crushed and humbled heart God will not spurn. 

- In your kindness, Lord, be bountiful to Sion; 
may the walls of J erusalem be restored. 

- Then will You delight in just oblation, 
in sacrifices and whole-burnt offerings. 

- Then shall they offer calves upon your altar. 

After the incensing, priest and deacon proceed to tlie protliesis. Tliey malce tinree 
reverences, saying eact) otiner: 



God, be propitious to me a sinner and liave mercy on me (Tliree times). 

Deacon: Lift up, Fatlier. 

The priest, placing tlie outer veil on the deacon's shoulder, says: 

Lift up your liands to tine lioly places and bless the Lord. 

GREAT ENTRANCE 

Then, taking the covered paten, he places it on the deacon's head with all attention and 
reverence. The priest himself takes the holy chalice in his hands. Then they both go out 
through the north door, preceded by candle bearers, and theymake the procession of the 
great entrance in the body of the church, saying: 

May the Lord God remember us all in his kingdom, at all times, now and always and for 

ever and ever. 

All: Amen. 

The deacon and priest alternate, each one making the commemoration he pleases. If 

there are several priests, each takes one commemoration with the senior priest making 

the final one. 

And the choir completes the Cherubic Hymn 

That we may welcome the King of All invisibly escorted by angel hosts. Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Alleluia! 

And the priest puts down the holy chalice upon the holy table, and taking the holy paten 
from the deacon's lead, he places it on tie holy table. 

And again the holy doors and the curtain are closed. Then the priest taking the veils from 
the holy paten and the holy chalice, sets them aside on the holy table. He takes the 
outer veil from the deacon's shoulder, incenses it, and covers the holy things with it, 
saying: 

THE NOBLE J OSEPH, taking down your spotless body from the wood and wrapping it in 
a clean shroud with aromatic spices, carefully laid it in a new tomb. 
And taking the censer from the deacon's hands, he incenses the holy things three times 
and says (in Slavic Churches) 

In your kindness, Lord, be bountiful to Sion; 

may the walls of J erusalem's defenses be restored 

Then will You rejoice in just oblation, 

in sacrifices and whole-burnt offerings. 

Then shall they offer calves upon your altar (Three times). 

OFFERTORY LITANY 



Priest: Remember me, brother and fellow-celebrant. 

Deacon: May the Lord remember your priesthood in his kingdom. 

Priest: Pray for me, fellow-celebrant. 

Deacon: The Holy Spirit shall come upon you and the power of the Most High shall 

overshadow you. 

Priest: May the Spirit Himself join with us in our celebration all the days of our life. 

Deacon: Remember me. Master. 

Priest: May the Lord God remember you in his kingdom at all time now and always and 

for ever and ever. 

Deacon: Amen. 

The deacon kisses the right hand of the priest and goes out through the north door 

Standing in his usuai piace, he says: 

Let us complete our prayer to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- F or the precious gifts here offered, let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- F or this holy church and those who enter it with faith, reverence and fear of G od, let us 
pray to the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- F or our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger and need, let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF OUR LIFE-AITESIS 

- Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- That this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful and with-out sin, let us ask the 
Lord. 

All: Grant this, Lord! 

- For an angel of peace, a faithful guide and guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask 
the Lord. 

All: Grant this, Lord! 

- For the forgiveness and remission of our sins and offenses, let us ask the Lord. 
All: Grant this, Lord! 

- For what is good and profitable to our souls and for peace in the world, let us ask the 
Lord. 

All: Grant this, Lord! 

- That the rest of our life may be spent in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord. 
All: Grant this, Lord! 

- Thatthe end of our life may be Christian, painless, unashamed and peaceful, and for a 
good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ, let us ask. 

All: Grant this, Lord! 

- Let us remember our all-holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious the Mother of 
God and ever-virgin Mary with all the saints, and commend ourselves and one another 
and our whole life to C hrist G od. 

All: To you, Lord! 

OFFERTORY PRAYER 



Meanwhile the priest recites the Offertory Prayer: 

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY who alone are holy, who accept the sacrifice of praise from 
those who call upon You with their whole heart, accept also the prayer of us sinners and 
carry it to your holy altar; make us fit to offer You spiritual gifts and sacrifices for our sins 
and the faults of the people. M ake us worthy to find grace in your eyes, that our sacrifice 
may become acceptable to You, and thatthe good Spirit of your grace may abide with 
us and with the gifts here laid out and with all your people. (Aloud:) Though the mercies 
of your only-begotten Son, with whom You are blessed, together with your all-holy, good 
and life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

The priest: Peace -i-to all 
All: And to your spirit. 

THE KISS OF PEACE 

The deacon: Let us love one another that with one mind we may confess. 

All: The Father; the Son and the Holy Spirit, Trinity one in substance and undivided. 

The priest and deacon malce three reverences, saying each time: 

I will love You, Lord, my strength; the Lord is my fortress, my refuge and my deliverance. 

And in the foliowing manner he /c/sses the holy things which are covered: first the top of 
the holy paten, then the top of the holy chalice and the edge of the holy table before him. 
If there are two priests or more, they all kiss the holy things and each other in order The 
senior says: Christ is in our midst And the one being kissed answers He both is and will 
always be. At the same time, the deacon bows at the place where he stands and kisses 
the orarion where it has a cross. 

PROCLAMATION OF FAITH 

The deacon: [The doors, the doors.] In wisdom, let us be attentive. 
And the curtain is opened. The priest lifting the outer veil from the gifts holds it over them 
waving it and reciting the Creed along with the people, or, if customary, the leader. If 
there are several priests, all take part. 

I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, Father almighty. Creator of heaven and earth and of all things 
visible and invisible. And in one Lord J esus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, 
begotten of the Father before all ages: Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not 
made, of one substance with the F ather, by whom all things were made; who for us men 
and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and 
the Virgin Mary, and was made man; who was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and 
suffered, and was buried; who rose again on the third clay in accordance with the 
Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is enthroned atthe right hand of the Father; 
who will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; and of whose kingdom 
there shall be no end. And in the H oly S pirit, the Lord, the G iver of Life, who proceeds 
from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, 
who spoke through the prophets. In one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I profess 
one baptism for the remission of sins. I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and 



the life of the world to come. Amen. 

The priest lifts tine outer veil from the holy things, kisses it and lays it aside. Then he 

turns to the people: 

LITURGY OF SACRIFICE 

ANAPHORA (CANON) 

The deacon. Let us stand well, let us stand in awe, let us be attentive to offer the holy 

oblation in peace. 

All: A mercy of peace, a sacrifice of praise. 

The deacon makes a reverence and goes into the sanctuary through the south door 

The priest. The grace of our Lord +J esus Christ and the love of God the Father and the 
fellowship of the H oly S pirit be with you all. 
All: And with your spirit. 

And the priest lifting both hands: 

Let us lift up our hearts. 

All: We have them lifted up to the Lord. 

The priest turns towards the icon of the Lord: 

Let us give thanks to the Lord. 

All: It is fitting and right [to worship the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Trinity one in 

substance and undivided.] 

PRAYER TO GOD THE FATHER 

While the deacon fans the holy things with devotion, the priest prays : 

IT IS FITTING AND RIGHT to sing to You, to bless You, to praise You, to give thanks to 
You, to worship You in every place of your dominion: for You are God, beyond 
description, beyond understanding, invisible, incomprehensible, always existing, always 
the same; You and your only-begotten Son and your Holy Spirit. Out of nothing. You 
brought us into being, and when we had fallen, raised us up again; and You have not 
ceased doing everything until You brought us to heaven and graciously gave us your 
future kingdom. For all these things, we thank You and your only-begotten Son and your 
Holy Spirit; for all these blessings, both known and unknown, manifest and hidden, that 
were lavished upon us. We thank You also for this Liturgy which You are pleased to 
accept from our hands, though there stand before You thousands of arch-angels and 
myriads of angels, cherubim and seraphim, six-winged, many-eyed, soaring on their 
pinions; (Aloud:) Singing, proclaiming, shouting the hymn of victory and saying: 

The deacon takes the star-cover from the holy paten, makes the sign of the cross over it; 
then he kisses the star-cover and lays it aside. 

All: H oly, H oly, H oly. Lord of H osts : heaven and earth are filled with your glory. H osanna 

in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the 

highest. 

Then the deacon comes to stand on the right side, and there, taking the fan in his hands, 

waves it gently with utmost care and awe over the holy gifts. 



PRAYER TO GOD THE SON 

And the priest prays: 

WITH THESE BLESSED POWERS, Master who love mankind, we too cry outand 
say: holy are You and all holy. You and your only-begotten Son and your Holy Spirit. 
Holy are you and all-holy and magnificent is your glory: who so loved your world as to 
give your only-begotten Son, that every one who believes in Him shall not perish but 
may have eternal life. When He had come and fulfilled all that was appointed Him to do 
for our sake, on the night on which H e was delivered up, or rather delivered H imself up 
for the life of the world, taking bread in his holy, spotless and blameless hands, giving 
thanks and blessing, -i- consecrating and breaking it, gave it to his holy disciples and 
apostles and said: 

The priest bows his head and raises his right hand reverentiy and says aloud: 

TAKE, EAT: this is my body, which is broken for you for the remission of sins. 

All concelebrating priests say together the words of consecration. Both priest and 

deacon make a deep reverence. 

All: Amen. 

While this is being said, the deacon holds the prayer-stole with three fingers of the right 

hand and indicates to the priest the holy paten. When the priest says Drink of this, the 

deacon likewise indicates the holy chalice. Then the priest blesses the holy chalice and 

says: 

- Likewise, the chalice -i- after He had supped, saying: 

The priest bows his head and raises his right hand reverently and says aloud: 

DRINK OF THIS, all of you, this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for you 
and for many, for the remission of sins. 

Both priest and deacon make a deep reverence 

All: Amen. 

ANAMMESIS 

And the priest prays: 

REMEMBERING, THEREFORE, this precept of salvation and everything thatwas done 

for our sake, the cross, the tomb, the resurrection on the third day, the ascension into 

heaven, the enthronement at the right hand, the second and glorious coming again 

(Aloud:) We offer You your own, from what is your own, in all and for the sake of all. 

While this is being said, the deacon crosses his arms, raises up the holy paten and the 

holy chalice and makes a devout reverence. 

All: We praise You, we bless You, we give thanks to You, Lord, and we pray to You, our 

God. 

The priest prays: 



MOREOVER, WE OFFER YOU this spiritual and unbloody worsliip, and we ask and 
pray and entreat: send down your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts here offered. 
The deacon puts down the fan and conies closer to the priest, and both maice three 
reverences before the holy table. 

PRAYER TO GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT 

EPICLESIS 

Then the deacon, bowing his head and indicating the bread with the orarion, says: 

Deacon: Bless the holy bread, Father. 

Priest: And make this bread +the precious body of your Christ. 

Deacon: Amen. 

Deacon: Bless the holy chalice. Father. 

Priest: And that which is in this chalice +the precious blood of your Christ. 

Deacon Amen. 

Deacon: Bless both. Father. 

Priest: Changing them by your Holy Spirit. Amen, amen, amen. 

And they both bow profoundly to the floor. 

- So that, to those who partake of them, they may be for the cleansing of the soul, for 
the remission of sins, for the fellowship of your H oly S pirit, for the fullness of the kingdom 
of heaven, for intimate confidence in You, and not for judgment or condemnation. 

COMMEMORATIONS 

AGAIN, we offerYou this spiritual worship for those resting in the faith, the forefathers, 
fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, 
ascetics, and for every holy soul who has run the course in the faith. 

The priest takes the censer and incenses three times the holy table before him and says 
aloud: 

- Especially for our all-holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious Lady the Mother 
of God and ever-virgin Mary. 

And he hands the censer to the deacon who incenses the holy table all around, and he 
remembers by name those whom he will while the choir sings the Hirmos: 

It is fitting and right to call you blessed, Theotokos: you are ever-blessed and all- 
blameless and the Mother of our God Higher in honor than the Cherubim and more 
glorious without compare than the Seraphim, you gave birth to God the Word in virginity. 
You are truly Mother of God: you do we exalt. 

On the feast days of the Lord and of the Mother of God and on their leave-taking, the 
proper stanza of the ninth ode is sung. 

- For the holy prophet and forerunner] ohn the Baptist, for the holy glorious and 



illustrious apostles, for holy N . whose memory we honor today and for all your saints at 
whose supplication do You visit us, God. 

- And remember all those who have fallen asleep before in the hope of resurrection to 
eternal life 

And the priest remembers by name those of the dead whom he will. 

- And give them rest where the light of your face keeps watch. 

- Again, we pray You: remember. Lord all the Orthodox Bishops rightly dispensing the 
word of your truth, all the priests, the deacons in Christ and all the ranks of the clergy. 

- Again, we offer You this spiritual worship for the whole world, for the holy, catholic and 
apostolic Church, for those who lead pure and honorable lives, for our public servants, 
for the government and for all who protect us. Lord, grant them peaceful rule that we 
too in their tranquility may lead a calm and quiet life in all virtue and honor. 

(Aloud:) First. Lord, remember His Holiness N., Pope of Rome, His Beatitude our Holy 
P atriarch N ., our M ost R everend B ishop N . preserve them as a blessing over your holy 
Churches in peace, safety, honor, health, long life, rightly dispensing the word of your 
truth. 

And the deacon prays: 

And for the reverend priest N. who offers these holy gifts: for the salvation and help of 
the people here present and for those whom each of us has in mind and for all men and 
women. 

All: Remember all men and women. 
And the priest prays: 

REMEMBER. LORD, this city (or country-place, or monastery) in which we dwell, and 

every city and country-place and those who live in them in the faith; remember. Lord the 

travelers by sea, air and land, the sick, the suffering, those in prison, and their salvation. 

R emember. Lord, those who bring offerings and those who support your holy C hurches, 

and those who are mindful of the poor: and upon us all send down your mercies. 

(Aloud:) And grant that with one mouth and one heart we may glorify and extol your most 

noble and magnificent name, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and 

always and for ever and ever. 

All: Amen 

The priest turns towards the people, blesses them, and says aloud: 

And may the mercies of our great God and SaviorJ esus Christ -i- be with you all. 

All: And with your spirit. 

The deacon receives a blessing from the priest goes out to his customary place and 
says: 

NOW THAT we have remembered all the saints, again and again in peace let, us pray to 

the Lord. 

All: Lord, have mercy. 

- For the precious gifts here offered and consecrated, let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- That our God who loves mankind, having received them on his holy and mystical altar 
in heaven as a sweet spiritual fragrance, may send down upon us in return his divine 



grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, let us pray. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- F or our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- That this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful and without sin, let us ask the Lord. 
All: Grant this Lord! 

- For an angel of peace, a faithful guide and guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask 
the Lord. 

All: Grant this, Lord! 

- For the forgiveness and remission of our sins and offenses, let us ask the Lord. 
All: Grant this, Lord! 

- For what is good and profitable to our souls and for peace in the world, let us ask the 
Lord. 

All: Grant this, Lord! 

- That the rest of our life may be spent in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord. 
All: Grant this, Lord! 

- Thatthe end of our life may be Christian, painless, unashamed and peaceful, and for a 
good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ, let us ask. 

All: Grant this, Lord! 

PRAYER FOR UNITY IN FAITH 

And the deacon prays: 

- Let us pray for unity of faith and the fellowship of the H oly S pirit, and let us commend 
ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ God. 

All: To You, Lord! 

TO YOU, MASTER WHO LOVE MANKIND, we commend our whole life and hope. We 
ask You, we pray You, we entreat You: make us worthy to partake of your heavenly and 
awesome mysteries of this sacred and spiritual table, with a pure conscience, for the 
remission of sins, for indulgence towards failures, for the communion of the H oly S pirit, 
the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven and intimate confidence in You, and not for 
judgment or condemnation. (Aloud:) And make us worthy, M aster, to dare with 
confidence and without condemnation to call You Father, God of heaven, and to say: 

THE LORDS PRAYER 

OUR FATHER, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be 
done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our dally bread, and forgive us our 
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not in to 
temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

The priest: F or thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the F ather and the 
Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

The priest. Peace +to all. 



All: And to your spirit. 

Deacon: Bow your heads to the Lord. 
All: To You, Lord! 

And the priest prays: 

WE THANK YOU, invisible King who in your measureless power have fashioned all 
things, and in the abundance of your mercy have brought all things out of nothing into 
being do You, Master, look down from heaven upon those who bow their heads to You, 
for they bow them not to flesh and blood, but to You the awesome God. Be pleased, 
then. Master, to distribute these offerings to all of us, for our good, according to the need 
of each one; sail with those on the sea, travel with the wayfarers, heal the sick, 
Physician of our souls and bodies. (Aloud:) Through the grace and mercies and love for 
mankind of your only-begotten Son, with whom You are blessed, together with your all- 
holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

And the priest prays: 

LORD J ESUS CHRIST OUR GOD, give heed from your holy dwelling place and from 
the throne of glory of your kingdom, and come to make us holy, You who are 
enthroned on high with the F ather and yet are present here though unseen to us And 
accord by the might of your hand to give us a share of your spotless body and precious 
blood, and through us to all the people. 

Then the priest and the deacon also from where he stands, malce three reverences, 
saying each time: 

God, be propitious to me a sinner, and have mercy on me. 
Then the deacon crosses the orarion on his breast 

ELEVATION 

When he sees the priest stretching out his hands and touching the hoiy bread before 

malcing the eievation, he says aioud: 

Deacon: Let us be attentive. 

And the priest raises up the holy bread and says aloud: 

HOLY THINGS for the Holy. 

All: One is Holy, one is Lord, J esus Christ, to the glory of God the Father Amen. 

KINONIKON 

SUNDAY (In honor of the Resurrection) 
Praise the Lord from the highest. Alleluia! 

MONDAY (In honor of the angels) 



You make your angels like winds, and your ministers like blazing fires. Alleluia! 

TUESDAY (In honor ofjohn the Baptist) 

The just shall be remembered forever. Alleluia! 

WEDNESDAY (In honor of the Mother of God) 

I will take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia! 

THURSDAY (In honor of the apostles) 

Their voice has gone forth over the whole world, and their words to the limits of the 

universe. Alleluia! 

FRIDAY (In honor of the precious cross) 

Christ God, You brought about salvation in the midst of the earth. Alleluia! 

S ATU R DAY (In honor of the faithful departed) 

Lord, blessed are those You chose and adopted. Alleluia! 

And the curtain is closed. 

Tlien tine deacon enters tlie lioly sanctuary tlnrougt) tine south door, stands at the right 
side of the priest who is holding the holy bread. 

The priest breaks it into four parts with care and reverence and says: 

Broken and distributed is the Lamb of God, broken and not dismembered, always eaten 
and never expended, but making holy those who receive it. 

And he places the portions on the holy paten in this manner: 

IC 

Nl KA 

XC 

The priest takes the upper portion, makes with it tile sign of the cross over the holy 
chalice and says: 

The fullness + of faith of the H oly S pirit. Amen. 

And he drops it in the holy chalice. The priest blesses the zeon or warm water and says: 

Blessed is the fervor + of your saints, at all times, now and always and forever and ever. 
Amen. 

The deacon pours a sufficient quantity of the warm water crosswise into the holy chalice 
and says: 

Deacon: The fervor + of faith, full of the Holy Spirit. 



LITURGY OF HOLY COMMUNION 

COMMUNION OF THE CELEBRANTS 

At this point in some Slavic cliurclies t/ie deacon is summoned by tiie priest and 
receives tlie species of bread. He receives from tine lioly cinaiice, liowever, after ail the 
priests have received. 

Also, if there is concelebration of several priests each priest makes a deep reverence, 
saying : Behold! I am approaching my King and my God'! He then takes a particle Of the 
holy bread and puts it in the palm of his hand and says The precious and holy and 
spotless body etc. before reciting privately the prayer I believe Lord. etc. 

The priest bows his head and prays: 

I BELIEVE, LORD, and profess thatYou are the Christ, the Son of the Living God, come 
to this world to save sinners, of whom I am the greatest. I believe also that this is really 
your spotless body and that this is really your precious blood Wherefore I pray to You: 
have mercy on me and pardon my offenses, the deliberate and the indeliberate, those 
committed in word and in deed whether knowingly or inadvertently; and count me worthy 
to share without condemnation your spotless mysteries, for the remission of sins and for 
eternal life. Amen. 

RECEIVE ME NOW, Son of God, as a participant in your mystical supper : fori will 
not betray your mystery to your enemies, nor give You a kiss like J udas, but like the 
thief, I confess You: remember me. Lord, in your kingdom. 

And if he wishes: 

Lord, I am not worthy thatYou should enter under the stained roof of my soul, but as 
You accepted to be laid down in a cave and a manger for dumb animals, and to enter 
the house of Simon the Leper, and to receive, when she approached You, the sinful 
woman who resembled me: deign to enter both into the manger of my senseless soul 
and into my rubbish-filled body (which is that) of a dead and leprous (man). And as You 
did not recoil when the filthy mouth of the sinful woman kissed your spotless feet, 
likewise, my Master and God, do not shun the sinner that I am, but in your goodness and 
love for mankind grant that I may become a communicant of your all-holy body and 
blood. 

our God, remit, forgive, excuse my transgressions by which I sinned against You, 
knowingly or inadvertently, in word or in deed. In your goodness and love for mankind, 
hold me excused for all of them. Through the prayers of your all-pure and ever-virgin 
M other, grant that I may partake without condemnation of your precious and spotless 
body, for the healing of (my) soul and body. F or yours is the kingdom and the power and 
the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 

And finally: 

M ay the reception of your holy mysteries. Lord, be for me not to judgment or 
condemnation, but to the healing of (my) soul and body. Amen. 



Then he takes a portion of the holy bread and says: 

The precious and holy body of our Lord and God and SaviorJ esus Christ is given to me 
N ., priest, for the remission of my sins and for eternal life. Amen. 

And thus he partakes of the holy bread with awe and with great care. 

Then the priest takes the holy chalice with the veil and says: 

Now the precious and holy blood of our Lord and God and SaviorJ esus Christ is given 

to me N ., priest, for the remission of my sins and for eternal life. 

And he partakes three times of it With the veil he is holding, he wipes his lips and the 

holy chalice, which he then kisses, saying: 

This has touched my lips and will remove my transgressions and wash away my sins. 

The deacon approaches on command, right hand over left and prays: Behold I approach 
my King and my God. Master give me the precious and holy Body of our Lord and God 
and Savior J esus Christ for the remission of my sins and for eternal life, amen. The 
deacon kisses the priest's right hand. For the chalice the deacon again approaches on 
command praying: Behold I approach my King and my God. Master give me the 
precious and holy Blood of our Lord and God and Savior J esus Christ for the remission 
of my sins and for eternal life, amen. The deacon wipes his lips and the rim of the 
chalice, kisses the chalice and the priest's hand then steps back. 

COMMUNION OF THE FAITHFUL 

And so, the door of the holy sanctuary is opened. The priest makes a single reverence, 
takes up the chalice and paten with great care, goes to the door and lifts up the holy 
chalice to show it to the people: 

Deacon: Approach with fear of God, with faith and with love. 

All: Amen, amen. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. The Lord is God 

and He has appeared to us. 

And the faithful approach to receive communion. They come one by one and bow with 
great reverence with their arms crossed on their breast Saying: Behold, I come to my 
King and my God! they receive the divine mysteries. As the priest gives communion to 
each one, he says: 

The servant of God N. receives the precious and holy body and blood of our Lord and 
God and SaviorJ esus Christ, for the remission of his (her) sins and for eternal life. 

During the communion of the faithful, the choirs sing melodiously, once or several times 
according to the number of communicants. 

RECEIVE ME now, Son of God, as a participant in your mystical supper: fori will not 
betray your mystery to your enemies, nor give You a kiss like J udas, but like the thief, I 
confess You remember me. Lord, in your kingdom. 

After the divine partaking, the priest blesses the people, saying: 



God, save your people and bless +your inheritance. We have seen the true light, we 
have received the Heavenly Spirit, we have found the true faith, worshiping the 
undivided Trinity who has saved us. 
On the feasts of the Lord, the troparion of the feast is sung instead. 

Both priest and deacon return to the hoiy tabie, and the priest incenses it three times, 
saying: 

May You be raised up above the heavens, God, and your glory above all the earth. 

Then he talces the holy paten and places it on the deacon's head. The deacon holds it 
with reverence and goes to the door in silence, then to the altar of offering where he puts 
it down. The priest makes a reverence, takes the holy chalice, turns to the door and, 
facing the people, says: 

Blessed is our God at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. 

And he goes to the altar of offering and puts down the chalice. 

All: Amen. Let our mouth be filled with your praise, Lord, for You have counted us 
worthy to share your holy, immortal and spotless mysteries; keep us in sanctification that 
we may sing your glory, meditating on your holiness all the day. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. 

LITURGY OF THANKSGIVING 

Then the deacon goes out and stands in his customary place and says: 

Let us stand. Now that we have received the divine, holy, spotless, immortal, heavenly, 
life-giving, awesome mysteries of C hrist, let us give worthy thanks to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, God, by your grace. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

- N ow that we have asked that this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful and 
without sin, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ God. 
All: To You, Lord. 

Meanwhile the priest folds the antimension. Holding up the holy Gospel book he makes 
with it the sign of the cross over the antimension, places the book on it and recites the 
P rayer of Thanksgiving: 

WE THANK YOU, Master who love mankind. Benefactor of our souls, for having today 
made us worthy of your heavenly and immortal mysteries. M ake straight our paths, 
establish us in your fear, guard our life, steady our footsteps, through the prayers and 
supplications of the glorious Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary and of all your saints. 
(Aloud:) For You are our sanctification, and we send up glory to You, to the Father and 
the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. 
All: Amen. 

Priest: Let us go forth in peace. 
All: In the name of the Lord. 



Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

Prayer before the ambo, said aloud by the priest outside the bema while the deacon 
indicates the icon of Christ with his orarion. 

LORD WHO BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU, and sanctify those who trust in You, 
save your people and bless your inheritance; safeguard the fullness of your Church; 
sanctify those who love the beauty of your house; in return, raise them to glory by your 
divine power and do not forsake us who put our hope in You. Give peace to your world, 
to your C hurches, to your priests, to our public servants, to the government and to all 
who protect us, and to all your people: for every good gift and every perfect grace is from 
above, coming down from You, the Father of Lights; and to You we send up glory and 
thanksgiving and worship, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always 
and for ever and ever. 

All: Amen B lessed be the name of the Lord henceforth and for ever (Three times) 
After this is completed, the priest returns to the sanctuary through the holy doors, turns 
towards the altar of offering and says the following prayer 

YOU WHO ARE THE FULFILLMENT of the law and the prophets, Christ our God, 
who fulfilled the whole providential plan of the Father, fill our hearts with joy and 
gladness, at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

The deacon faces the people from the Holy Doors and says aloud: 

Let us pray to the Lord. 
All: Lord, have mercy. 

The priest blesses the people and says: 

M ay the blessing + of the Lord and his mercy be upon you through his grace and love for 

mankind, at all times, now and always and for ever and ever. 

All: Amen. 

Then the priest turns to the east and says: 

Glory to You, Christ God, our hope, glory to You. 

All: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy spirit, now and always and for 

ever and ever. Amen. 

- Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

- Give the blessing, reverend Father. 

The prayer turns toward the people and makes the dismissal. 

If it is S unday: 

He who is risen from the dead, Christ our true God... 

Otherwise: 

Christ our true God, through the prayers of his all-spotless and all-pure Mother, (and the 
rest according to the day) of our father among the S aints J ohn C hrysostom. Archbishop 
of C onstantinople, (of the saints of the church and of the day) of the holy and just 
Ancestors of ChristJ oachim and Anne and of all the saints, may this same Lord J esus 



Christ have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves manl<ind. 

Priest and deacon make a final reverence and they say togetlner: 

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord J esus Christ our God, have mercy on us 
and save us. Amen. 

The priest goes out and distributes the antidoron to the people, saying to each one: 

- M ay the Lord protect your soul and your body for eternal life. 
Or: 

- May the blessing of the Lord and his mercy come upon you. 
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 

The priest returns to the sanctuary and takes of his vestments, saying: 

Now You shall dismiss your servant, Lord, according to your word in peace: because 
my eyes have seen your salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all 
peoples, a light to the revelation of the G entiles and the glory of your people Israel. 

HOLY IS GOD! Holy the Mighty One! Holy the Immortal one! Have mercy on us (Three 
times). 

- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

- All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our 
transgressions. Holy One, look upon us and heal our infirmities for your name's sake. 

- Lord, have mercy (Three times). 

- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 

OUR FATHER, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be 
done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our 
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. F or thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the 
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. 

The Apolitikion of the day. 

The grace that shines forth from your mouth like a torch has enlightened the universe, 
bestowed treasures of generosity upon the world and shown us the depth of your 
humility. While you teach us by your words. Father] ohn Chrysostom, pray to the Word, 
Christ God, that He may save our souls. 

- Lord, have mercy (Twelve times). 

- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for 
ever and ever. Amen. 



- H igher in honor than the C herubim and more glorious without compare than the 
Seraphim, you gave birth to God the Word in virginity. You are truly Mother of God: you 
do we exalt. 

And he makes the dismissal, and having made a reverence and giving thanlcs to God for 
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